Milei’s government (Argentina) bans inclusive language

Goodbye to inclusive language. In public offices in Argentina and in the military it will be prohibited to use neutral forms. For president Javier Milei they would be a source of confusion and political exploitation

Argentina’s President Javier Milei, known for his extreme positions and chainsaw rally antics, has once again stirred up controversy. This time, his government has openly attacked inclusive language, imposing a ban across several sectors.

The executive branch, through Presidential spokesperson Manuel Adorni, has announced plans to prohibit its use within the armed forces and public administration. Adorni explained, “It will not be possible to use the letter -e, the at symbol, the -x, and we will avoid unnecessary inclusion of the feminine in all documents. Gender perspectives have also been used as a political affair.”

The ideological stance

This move aligns with the far-right president’s denial of climate change and his December inauguration stance against policies promoting gender equality and efforts to combat discrimination, including through language use. “It is necessary to adopt a measure aimed at eliminating incorrect forms of language within the Ministry of Defense and the Armed Forces,” reads the resolution signed by Defense Minister Luis Petri last Monday. It clarifies that the only permitted language is Spanish that conforms to the standards of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE).

@elpais El #Gobierno de #JavierMilei prohibirá el #lenguajeinclusivo y “todo lo referente a la #perspectivadegénero” en la Administración pública #argentina, según anunció este martes el portavoz presidencial, #ManuelAdorni. #argentina #derechoslgbtiq+ #feminismo #argentinafeminismo ♬ sonido original – El País

The goal is to eliminate incorrect language forms that may lead to misinterpretation, potentially affecting the execution of orders and the development of military operations. Those who do not adhere to these behavioral rules will be subject to accountability within their respective areas.

According to the new regulations, feminine forms like “sargenta” or “caba”, or terms for non-binary identities such as “soldadxs” or “soldades” will not be allowed. This prohibition has now been extended to public administration, sparking significant controversy among citizens and activists.

The debate over language evolution

In the South American country, feminist associations and LGBT+ movements have long promoted more inclusive linguistic forms, like the at symbol, the letter x, and the schwa (ə). The United Nations and the European Union support this approach, striving in recent years to adopt as neutral language as possible to prevent discrimination. “The use of gender-inclusive language is an extremely important way to promote gender equality and combat gender biases,” the UN asserts.

Source: Precidencia Argentina

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