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Qantas Leading The Way With Gender-Neutral Language

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Qantas has issued guidance to its staff to begin using gender-neutral language onboard flights

by Kirsty

The airline’s People and Culture Group reportedly sent employees an information pack regarding appropriate use of gendered language.

It advised staff to drop terms such as husband and wife in favour of partner and spouse.

Parents will be used instead of mother and father to ensure inclusivity on flights.

The language is not only to create a safe space for fliers but also for employees who may identify as LGBTQ+.

The guidance advises staff to avoid casual gendered language when talking to each other such as “guys”, “love” and “honey”.

The pack also covers colonisation and mansplaining”.

It says that staff should be acknowledging the past of the country, and so insists that they should not call it a “settlement” but rather a colonisation, invasion or occupation.

The company also explained “manterruptions”, or mansplaining, which refers to men interrupting women while their speaking.

“Research shows that in many situations, including the workplace, men interrupt and speak over women, while the reverse rarely happens,” the information pack states.

A spokesperson for the company has said that they have a “long and proud history of promoting inclusion among our people, our customers and society”.

Source: Pink News

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