OPINION: A mate of the Hound’s recently applied for membership with Ashburton-based farm supply co-operative Ruralco.
According to the Public Service Commission (the general advisory body for the public service), “We encourage the use of gender-neutral language whenever possible.
This makes communications more inclusive for all people and has a positive impact on gender equality.
Examples of gender-neutral language: spouse or partner — not husband or wife; parent — not mother or father; police officer — not policeman or policewoman; they, them or their — not ‘he or she’!
If you think these public service censors are over-the-top, wait until you see the advice provided to the bureaucrats when conversing with the rainbow community!