The Bank of England, currently facing criticism for its repeated interest rate hikes, has made headlines for its gender-neutral approach to language and commitment to inclusivity.
The Submission for Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers
In an application to be included in LGBT rights charity Stonewall’s top 100 employers list, the central bank highlighted its progressive policies, including offering gender reassignment surgery coverage and using gender-neutral terminology related to pregnancy.
The Bank Highlighted Its Policies
As outlined in its submission to Stonewall, the bank’s parental leave policy refers to “any birthing parent” rather than specifying a gender.
Can Anyone Give Birth?
The term “birthing parent” encompasses “persons of any and all gender identities,” according to the submission.
The Bank of England Is Committed to Diversity
This approach acknowledges the diversity of experiences and recognizes that individuals of various gender identities may experience pregnancy.
Extending Throughout Policies
The Bank of England’s commitment to gender-neutral language extends beyond its parental leave policy.
The Bank Is Creating Gender-Neutral Toilets
It also emphasizes its plans to upgrade current facilities, focusing on creating gender-neutral toilets.
The Bank Is Facing Backlash
However, the details of the application, reported in The Times, have sparked a row on Twitter and backlash from people.
Several Notable Figures Shared Their Thoughts
Minister Andrea Jenkyns wrote on Twitter, “No Bank of England, only women can give birth. Why don’t you concentrate on getting inflation under control? That’s what the majority of my constituents are worried about!”
This Is a Culture War
Nick Timothy, ex-Downing Street chief of staff, added, “Disagree with this and you’re fighting a culture war. The people claiming night is the day, however – and doing it with your money – they’re not doing anything.”
The Bank of England Has Become a Joke
Author and academic Professor Matthew Goodwin mentioned it was “increasingly hard to take the BoE seriously.”
“Surrendering to Wokery”
Conservative commentator Tim Montgomerie said, “I worked in the Bank of England from 1992 to 1998 and was proud to do so. Like so many once great British institutions, its surrender to wokery hasn’t been cost-free. It’s neglected the one job we gave it.”
No Signs of Backing Down
Amidst the backlash, the Bank of England has been firm in its decisions and shows no sign of backing down.
The Policy Is Insensitive
Several social media users shared their views on the incident.
One YouTube user wrote, “As a woman who has lost two children and given birth to three children, I find this utterly disgusting and insensitive.”
Identify as a Non-taxpayer?
Another Twitter user commented, “Tell the Bank of England I identify as a non-taxpayer. So no problem.”
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