Political correctness gone mad. That’s what many middle-of-the road South Africans may think about the claim that opening a meeting with “good morning, ladies and gentlemen” is too “exclusive”. Indeed, it does not recognise lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual, queer, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA+) people – and our conservative society generally does not accord these people basic human respect. At the same time, what is a “lady” and what is a “gentleman”? These are terms which go further than labels for gender and really belong back in the Victorian era from whence they came. But that observation almost obscures the very…

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