Posted on | January 8, 2011 by Samantha Singson |
Fox News is reporting that the US State Dept is taking the first step at “gender neutrality.” Instead of “mother” and “father,” passport applicants will be asked to list “parent one” and “parent two.”
“A statement on the State Department website noted: “These improvements are being made to provide a gender neutral description of a child’s parents and in recognition of different types of families.” The statement didn’t note if it was for child applications only.”
Sprague said the decision to remove the traditional parenting names was not an act of political correctness.
“We find that with changes in medical science and reproductive technology that we are confronting situations now that we would not have anticipated 10 or 15 years ago,” she said.
At the UN, the term “gender” has long been a subject of debate. While the General Assembly has defined gender in the traditional way, there is a movement within the UN bureaucracy to define gender as “social construct” rather than a biological distinction.