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UK spies told to check their 'privilege,' encouraged to use gender-neutral words and pronouns: Leaked documents

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As Europe watched the largest conventional military attack enacted in Ukraine since World War II, Great Britain is reportedly making sure that U.K. spies recognize their privilege and are encouraging them to use the proper pronouns.

The Daily Mail published leaked documents that British intelligence agencies are promoting inclusive language while doing away with verbiage that may "reinforce dominant cultural patterns."

The alleged toolkit is titled "Mission Critical," and is intended for MI5 (the U.K's domestic intelligence agency), MI6 (the U.K.'s foreign intelligence agency known as the Secret Intelligence Service and SIS), and the Government Communications Headquarters (the U.K.'s intelligence, security, and cyber agency known as GCHQ).

The guidance for England's spies was reportedly approved by Sir Stephen Lovegrove, the U.K.'s national security adviser, who wrote, "This toolkit is called 'Mission Critical' because a diverse and inclusive culture is critical to succeeding in our national security missions."

The document, which was reportedly published internally on Dec. 6, urges Britain's spies to declare their pronouns and to add them to email signatures.

"Sharing your pronouns, if you are comfortable doing this, helps to create an environment in which this is normal," the document allegedly states.

In a section regarding inclusive language, the toolkit notes, "In national security, look out for words and phrases, such as 'strong' or 'grip,' that reinforce the dominant cultural patterns."

"Avoid jargon, hierarchy or gender biases," the internal document states, and recommends refraining from using the word "manpower."

"Use gender-neutral language to reflect people's diversity and reduce stereotypes and assumptions, for example about job roles and functions which need not be gender-defined," the document states.

"The toolkit says staff should 'understand your unconscious bias,' 'be aware of intersectionality [the idea that different forms of prejudice can overlap],' 'acknowledge your privilege,' and consider refusing to speak on all-male panels," the guidance says, according to the Daily Mail.

The toolkit purportedly encourages intelligence officers to read a list of books regarding equity, including those by leading critical race theory advocate Kimberlé Crenshaw.

Last April, the transgender flag was flown at the MI6 headquarters in London to mark the Transgender Day of Visibility.

Richard Moore — the chief of the Secret Intelligence Service — declared, "We’re proud of our trans and non-binary colleagues and committed to providing an inclusive workplace where you can be your true self. Diversity makes us more effective, inclusion makes us stronger."

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