Military personnel learn to cultivate ‘safe spaces’ through use of ‘inclusive language’ in training video
A training video released by the US Navy suggests that its members learn to use gender pronouns correctly and “inclusive language” create “safe spaces” for LGBT staff.
The instructional video in the style of a children’s show, referred to as a “Official US Navy Video”, was uploaded to the Defense Visual News Distribution Service by Air Force Staff Sergeant John Vannucci late last month, but has only just begun to spread online .
Brought to you by Naval Undersea Warfare Center engineers Jony Rozon and Conchy Vasquez, the nearly four-minute video explains how to use “inclusive language” create “a safe space for everyone.”
The pair, draped in LGBT rainbow clothing, suggest using phrases such as “Hello everyone” Where “Hi team” instead of “Hi guys” and include pronouns in their emails for Navy service members to show off “that they are allies.”
Navy personnel must also “take steps to ensure they are not cheating on anyone” according to the video, but must also be careful not to pressure individuals into disclosing their gender pronouns, arguing that some colleagues may still be in “the process of discovery” and not yet ready to provide this information.
“A pronoun is how we identify ourselves apart from our name, and it’s also how people refer to us in conversation,” explains Vasquez to Rozon, who notes that “using the right pronouns is a very easy way to assert someone’s identity” and is a “signal of acceptance and respect.”
The video continues to provide advice to Navy service members who fear they may have “mistreated someone” with Vasquez stating that “The first thing to recognize is that it’s not the end of the world. You correct yourself and move on, or you accept the correction and move on.
“The most important thing I can tell you is not to place the burden of making yourself feel good about your mistake on the person you just mistreated,” she warned.
The pair suggested service members should practice memorizing a person’s gender pronouns by thinking of three positive things about a person using their pronouns.
“Let’s say the person chooses to use ‘they’. So you will mentally say to yourself, “They have a nice shirt. They have a beautiful smile. They are really smart. So it kind of stays in your brain,” said the Navy engineer.
Vasquez also shared a heartbreaking story of how she was recently confronted by someone who disagreed with the use of gendered pronouns. “I was really surprised by the comment” she says, “The only thing I could really quickly think of saying was ‘it’s not about you at all, it’s ultimately about respect.
Rozon agreed, adding that “dishonesty” someone was the same as mispronouncing his name. The couple ended the video by saying that while there are definitely some names that are hard to pronounce, what wasn’t hard was to say. “he She they.”
Meanwhile, it has been revealed that the US Army teaches cadets at West Point Academy the principles of Critical Race Theory (CRT) and teaches predominantly white recruits how to approach “whiteness,” according to documents released by the government watchdog group Judicial Watch.