Flinders University’s offensive word list includes ‘husband’ and ‘wife’

An Aussie university is under fire after publishing an online list of ‘inappropriate’ words that include the terms ‘husband’ and ‘wife’.

Flinders University has apologized for Publishing discrimination and harassment guidelines that used outdated and Offensive language to describe the transgender community.

It also listed husband and wife as “inappropriate” words.

A transgender student raised concerns about discriminatory language contained in the online document on a private Facebook group for students last week, The Advertiser reported.

The list Suggested approved terms included “lesbian, gay man and partner” while inappropriate terms included “dyke and poofter” as well as “husband” and “wife”.

The guidelines also referred to the “condition of trans-sexualism” even though the World Health Organization no longer considers being a transgender as a mental health condition.

The term “transsexual” is also widely considered outdated and offensive.

The post was removed and the university agreed the content was “inappropriate”.

A support group for transgender people says terms such as husband or wife are a matter of personal choice, and terms like Transsexual misconstrue Sexuality and gender.

The Flinders University spokeswoman told me The Advertiser the guidelines were old content which was outdated and unsuitable for purpose. She said they would be updated with input with the university’s Pride group.

News.com.au has also contacted the university for comment.

The issue of transgender rights gained prominence this yea after five Liberal MPs crossed the floor over concerns about gay and transgender students under Morrison Government’s proposed religious discrimination bills, while Liberals’ Warringah candidate Katherine Deves apologized for the language she used including describing transgender children as “ surgically mutilated and Sterilized ‘.


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