The Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals (U.K.) have issued a new set of guidelines that introduces an assortment of “trans-friendly” terms. The concern is to avoid offending people who have been transgendered by insisting that there is such a thing as distinct sexes. The guidelines instruct doctors, nurses, and midwives to use gender-neutral terms. Thus, “chestfeeding” should replace “breastfeeding” so that nursing a baby is not necessarily associated with a particular sex. Breast milk gives way to “chest milk” or “human milk.” The person engaged in giving “chest milk” should be known as a “birthing parent,” rather than as a mother. Pregnant women should be referred to as “pregnant persons” and the father as the “second biological parent.”
As everyone who has the slightest knowledge of human anatomy knows, breast milk does not come directly from the chest. But in what is now called the “Post-Truth Era,” truth must take a back seat to gender ideology. Both men and women have chests. In this sense, they are both equal. To make the breastfeeding mother distinctive could be offensive to transgendered people who do not want to be excluded. Nonetheless, despite the commitment to be inclusive, reality indicates that the man is excluded from breastfeeding while the mother’s act of breastfeeding is denied. This should be offensive to mothers who are nursing their babies.
Rodney Dangerfield, whose character never got any respect, traced this disrespect to the fact that he was breastfed by his father. What was once understood clearly as a joke is now regarded as a welcomed example of inclusivity. What is comedy’s loss is gender neutrality’s gain.