Google Bans Use of the Term "Family"
WASHINGTON – January 17, 2019
Google went into a rage after the word "family" was used in a weekly presentation to the entire company, according to internal company documents.
The presentation concerned the newest Unicorn product for children. Many Google employees were surprised that the term "family" was used as a synonym for "household with children." In particular, one company employee stated openly during the presentation that it's inappropriate to replace words with others in meaning.
He also called on Google's Vice President to respond and solicited feedback on how the company could become more inclusive. This employee posted an extended rant, which was well-received by his colleagues, on why tying families to children is "offensive, inappropriate, homophobic, and wrong."
"This is a diminishing and disrespectful way to speak. If you mean ‘children,’ say ‘children;’ we have a perfectly good word for it. ‘Family friendly’ used as a synonym for ‘kid friendly’ means, to me, ‘you and yours don't count as a family unless you have children.’ And while kids may often be less aware of it, there are kids without families too, you know.
“The use of ‘family’ as a synonym for ‘with children’ has a long-standing association with deeply homophobic organizations. This does not mean we should not use the word ‘family’ to refer to families, but it means we must doggedly insist that ‘family’ does not imply children.
“Even the sense, ‘suitable for the whole family,’ which you might think is unobjectionable, is totally wrong too. It only works if we have advance shared conception of what ‘the whole family’ is, and that is almost always used to mean a household with two adults, of opposite sex, in a romantic/sexual relationship, with two or more of their own children. If you mean that as a synonym for ‘suitable for all people,’ stop and notice the extraordinary unlikelihood of such a thought! So ‘suitable for the whole family’ doesn't mean ‘all people,’ it means ‘all people in families,’ which either means that all those other people aren't in families or something even worse. Use the word ‘family’ to mean a loving assemblage of people who may or may not live together and may or may not include people of any particular age. STOP using it to mean ‘children.’ It's offensive, inappropriate, homophobic, and wrong."
Most importantly, most of the other company employees supported this opinion. Someone said: "Thanks for writing this. So much yes."
"Using the word ‘family’ in this sense bothers me too," wrote another employee, who felt excluded by the term because she was neither married nor a parent.
"It smacks of the ‘family values’ agenda by the right wing, which is absolutely homophobic by its very definition," she wrote, adding: "[I]t's important that we fix our charged language when we become aware of how exclusionary it actually is. As a straight person in a relationship, I find the term ‘family’ offensive because it excludes me and my boyfriend, having no children of our own."
"My family consists of me and several other transfeminine folks, some of whom I’m dating. We're all supportive of each other and eventually aspire to live together. Just because we aren't a heterosexual couple with 2.5 kids, a white picket fence, and a dog doesn't mean we're not a family," another employee added in agreement.
Another employee said that children are not a family, and her dog is much closer to her than anyone else.
After a short time, Google Vice President Pavni Diwanji supported the group of his employees saying that use of the term "family" had sparked "concerns."
"Hi everyone, I realize what we said at tgif might have caused concerns in the way we talked about families. There are families without kids too, and also we needed to be more conscientious about the fact that there is a diverse makeup of parents and families," Dwiwanji wrote.
"Please help us get to a better state. Teach us how to talk about it in inclusive way, if you feel like we are not doing it well. As a team we have very inclusive culture, and want to do right in this area. I am adding my team here so we can have open conversation," Dwiwanji concluded.
What can we add here? The Giant Google Corporation has long deliberately existed for the destruction of human values and institutions--family, traidition, love, the memory of past generations, etc.
The system is designed so that a person absorbs only what is produced by the hands of the liberal system and the elite. We can only condemn it and stay away. Practice shows it’s nearly impossible to confront the system alone.
And while there will be no change, we can only wait for the next thing from Google and a ban on family as such, in principle.