Flinders University employ language police

Is it any wonder universities are losing credibility? Flinders University has been forced to apologise for issuing a list of derogatory and offensive terms. In the list they deemed husband and wife as “inappropriate” words.

The list was removed only hours after it was posted.

According to the former Flinders University Discrimination and Harassment guidelines the following table listed words that were appropriate or inappropriate.


– Lesbian

– Gay man

– Bisexual woman/man

– Transman

– Transsexual person

– Transgender person

– Partner


– Homosexual

– Dyke

– Faggot

– Tranny

– Leso

– Poofter

– Homo

– Lemon

– Husband

– Wife

“We agree that the content on the website is inappropriate,” the post said.

“We are taking immediate action to remove it and will engage with students and the wider diversity community on our campuses to review the content.

“Equality, diversity and inclusion are fundamental values that we are committed to upholding in words and in practice – it is clear that improvement is needed and we still have work to do.

“We commit to doing this work.”

Binary spokeswoman, Kirralie Smith, said it was laughable.

“It is incredible that universities employ staff to police language. These are meant to be tertiary institutions dedicated to further education, not indoctrination,” she said.

“Surely adults can be trusted to use appropriate language.

“Any group suggesting the terms husband or wife are inappropriate are simply revealing themselves as extremists that can’t be taken seriously.”