Mother, You May Not
Motherhood is now officially off limits:
Staff should use “pregnant people” instead of “expectant mother” so that transgender men and intersex people won’t be offended, the memo stated.You're all mothers now...
“Gender inequality is reflected in traditional ideas about the roles of women and men. Though they have shifted over time, the assumptions and stereotypes that underpin those ideas are often deeply-rooted,” the memo said.
A BMA spokesperson said that the guidelines are not for doctors, but for BMA staff.
“This document is produced by the BMA for BMA staff and representatives on promoting an inclusive workplace at the BMA, not in the NHS,” the spokesperson said. “This is not ‘official guidelines’ to doctors on how to treat or address patients.”
A women’s activist expressed outrage over the document, calling it “anti-women” and “anti-mother.”
“This will offend women up and down the country, and is an example of the majority of women being insulted for a tiny minority of people,” women’s rights activist Laura Perrins said.