Letter: My spouse is my business

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Sir: I was amazed to read that the University of Central Lancashire has banned the use of the word my in the introduction of a spouse. I am currently reading Wild Swans and had been naively telling myself that we would never tolerate the petty invasion of our freedom in such personal issues as I was finding had happened under Mao's regime. I was wrong.

I find political correctness to be a bizarre new morality; for me the common courtesy is for 'my husband' to acknowledge me as his wife. I certainly have no wish to change that, and neither does he. It is alarming to think that anyone should have the right to take disciplinary action over such a personal matter as this.

Yours sincerely,


London, SW20