United Kingdom health officials recently directed nurses at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS (National Health Service) Trust to quit using the terms “breast milk” and “breastfeeding.” According to a 19-page document cited by Sky News on February 10th, the health care centers instructed nurses in prenatal units to use more gender-inclusive phrases such as “human milk,” “chest milk,” and “milk from a feeding parent” in order to be more inclusive and welcoming to “trans and non-binary birthing people.”
The hospital system also urged its health care professionals to avoid the terms “mothers” and “women” unless called for in specific cases. The new guidelines suggested they use gender-neutral terms such as “parents” and “people” instead.
The hospitals tweeted: “Today we are launching the UK’s first clinical and language guidelines supporting trans and non-binary birthing people. We are proud to care for trans and non-binary people.”
The Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS also released a statement proudly noting: “As midwives and birth workers, we focus on improving access and health outcomes for marginalized and disadvantaged groups.” And to hell with anyone else. Just kidding, they didn’t actually say that.
“Midwives,” though? How backward and non-woke is that?! Shouldn’t that term, too, be shit-canned in favor of, say, “midpartners,” “midpeople,” “midthey.” Or perhaps “midpeople helping support trans and non-binary birthing people?” Much better, no?
Twice, in fact. But, hell, why not milk it for all it’s worth? It’s good to keep abreast of current events.
But I do not want to be too flippant about this. It is a very slippery—and dangerous-- path we go down when we deliberately and wantonly disassociate gender, sex, and their accompanying physical attributes from procreation and child-raising. If people who can’t give birth (because they are men) are referred to as “birthing people” and those who can’t impregnate women (because they are women and lack a penis and the ability to produce semen) are referred to as a “man” or “father” we are nearing the point of rendering language moot. To say nothing of thought, logic or reason. And life itself.
This insistence on overturning reality will prove to be very harmful to the family over time. And, since the family is the most important building block of any society, this, in turn, will be extremely damaging to the nation as a whole.
In this case, tolerance is not a virtue, but a curse.