Australia

Qantas staff encouraged to “minimise manterruptions” but avoid terms including “husband” and “wife.”

Australia’s national airline has continued its crusade against traditional values by launching a staff guide to kick-start ‘Spirit of Inclusion’ month. News.com.au reports that the guide, written by the airline’s ‘People and Culture’ division, encourages staff to avoid terms such as ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ because they “reinforce the idea that people are always in heterosexual relationships,” and to use gender-neutral terms such ‘spouse’ or ‘partner’ instead. The guide itself, however, uses gendered language in separate section which encourages employees to “minimise manterruptions,” a term allegedly describing the practice of men interrupting women while they are speaking.