Erase the word 'dad' and erase the notion of the traditional family unit?
May 28, 2012 5:11am CST
Is the NHS's decision to reprint pregnancy handbooks to remove the word 'dad' and replace it with 'partner' a much needed step in this multi-faceted society or does it undermine the notion of the traditional family unit? I feel that it is important for the traditional family to be upheld as the ideal in the public arena for fear that in private the very idea will otherwise become obselete. Added to this is the fact this reprinting will cost the NHS £100,000 - £100,000 the NHS could be spending elsewhere.
• United Kingdom
24 Jun 12
In the United Kingdom in the modern day the pregnant ladies can be single, living with a partner or married. I think it is a waste of money to reprint the pregnancy handbooks and change the word dad to partner. The money would be better spent getting more nursing staff in understaffed hospitals.
29 May 12
Everybody knows it takes a man and a woman to make a baby. In our society the woman having the child is called a mom. The man who got the woman pregnant is called a dad. Why would anyone want to try to change that? I wonder what the point behind it is? Are there really people out there who are offended by calling the birth parents of a child mom and dad? I am assuming that because it is a pregnancy handbook, it is written for parents to be, therefore they should be mature enough to accept the mom and dad wording. Even if the couple who created this new being are not married, or living together does that mean that the dad is not a dad? It's not like it is a handbook for lesbian or gay couples who are adopting a child. I could see maybe having the wording for those handbooks, if they exist, saying partner instead of mom and dad. I could understand if a handbook referred to a couple as husband and wife because a lot of people who are not married prefer the word partner. But how is a dad not a dad? Perhaps in extreme cases i.e. rape you wouldn't want the male to be referred to as dad but then again you wouldn't want him referred to as partner either. Where does this political bull crap end?
28 May 12
Here we go again! Political correctness gone mad! What a sad world when the words 'Mother' and 'Father' or 'Mum' and 'Dad' are no longer used in society. Call me old-fashioned but I think it is important for these 'labels' to be retained so our children understand what it is to be the loving guardians of their families. The word 'partner has no emotional clout! I agree with you that the money for the reprint could be better spent elsewhere!