Girl Guides is given ‘woke’ makeover with new ‘inclusive’ language guidance telling leaders to say ‘parents and carers’ instead of mother and father
- A 60-page document has been sent to leaders of Guides and Brownies groups
- They have been told to avoid ‘age descriptors’ such as ‘young, old or elderly’
The Girl Guides have been given a new ‘woke’ style guide with ‘inclusive’ language telling leaders to use ‘parents and carers’ instead of mother and father.
A 60-page document sent to leaders of Guides and Brownies groups has set out the new language guide on ‘how to be as inclusive as possible when communicating’.
Britain’s biggest girls’ group described itself as a ‘girl-only space for all girls and young women’.
But it adds that it is also proud ‘to be a trans-inclusive organisation and welcome trans girls and non-binary young people’.
The guide says: ‘We know the term “girl” may not cover these young people – and language is of course always evolving.
Angela Salt OBE, Girlguiding chief executive, started her role at the organisation in January 2019
‘When we can, we adjust our language to be gender neutral. This helps us include all young people who relate to experiences of girlhood and womanhood.’
As part of the new style guide, leaders and advised to use ‘parents and carers’ instead of ‘mothers and fathers’ in order to be more inclusive.
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The broad term of ‘BAME’ term is to be avoided, with advice to use ‘people of colour’ instead and to be specific when talking about a person or community.
It says: ‘If you’re talking about the experiences of people who aren’t white, ‘people of colour’ is more common around the world.
‘Avoid the term ‘minority group’ as a blanket term for underrepresented groups, as underrepresented doesn’t always mean a minority. Instead use marginalised groups or underrepresented groups.’
Leaders have also been told to avoid ‘age descriptors’ such as ‘young, old or elderly’ because these may ‘reinforce negative stereotypes’.
Instead, the new guide advises Girl Guides leaders to be precise and give an age range such as ‘people who are 60 and over’.
If a leader is unsure about what pronoun they should be using when referring to a particular individual, they are advised to ask the person or use ‘they’ as a singular pronoun.
Terms such as ‘heroic’ and ‘inspiring’ should not be used towards disabled people simply for existing with a disability, it says, to avoid being ‘patronising’.
It comes after Girlguiding chiefs were accused of promoting ‘woke claptrap’ after advising leaders to learn almost 100 terms linked to gender and sexual identity in July last year.
It advised staff to learn a glossary of words such as ‘aromantic’, ‘demisexual’ and ‘agender’, saying ‘it might be worth printing it off… so you can reference it’ with children.
Former education minister Andrea Jenkyns slammed the guide as evidence the group has lost its way
The glossary also includes ‘pansexual’ – ‘attraction for members of all gender identities/expressions’ – and ‘constellation’, the structure of polyamorous relationships. The guidance, first reported by the Sunday Express, encourages girls to learn the glossary in a task called the ‘vocabulary extravaganza’.
Former education minister Andrea Jenkyns told The Express: “Girl Guides have been at the heart of our country for over a century, teaching millions of young women the skills that they need to become proud, proactive and practical members of society.
‘What this “woke” rebrand tells us is that the Guides have lost their way.’
The tone of voice document follows a similar style guide handed to Scout leaders in July last year, which banned children from using the terms ‘falling on deaf ears’, ‘man made’ and ‘dinner ladies’ in July last year.
Children were also be prohibited from using ‘maiden name’ and Christian name’ in a move to avoid causing offence to people of ‘all genders, religions, races and to those who live with a disability’.
Instead, Scouts are told to use ‘first name’ or ‘given name’ instead, while ‘previous name’ is preferred to ‘maiden name’ as it is an ‘outdated term’.
A spokesperson for the Girl Guides said said: ‘Changing our look and feel doesn’t change the core of who we are – but it does keep us current and helps makes us attractive to as many people as possible.’
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