‘The Lancet’ enters the transgender word wars

Oct 3, 2021 by

by Michael Cook, MercatorNet:

The word “bizarre” is becoming increasingly shop-worn in articles about the transgender movement, but it’s difficult to find a more accurate and less offensive synonym. The latest incident concerns the hitherto inoffensive word “woman”.

This week the American Civil Liberties Union was pinged for censoring texts from the late Supreme Court Justice and feminist icon Ruth Ginsberg. In tweeting snippets from some of her writing, the ACLU substituted the word “women” with the gender-neutral word “people”. There was an outcry and the ACLU vowed never to do it again.

More creative substitutions under the banner of trans-inclusive language have included “individuals with a cervix”, “people who menstruate”, “menstruators”, “birthing parents”, “pregnant people”, or “gestational parents”.

The most significant was a single sentence on the September 25 cover of The Lancet, one of the world’s leading medical journals: “Historically, the anatomy and physiology of bodies with vaginas have been neglected.”

Is that all women are, many people asked — “bodies with vaginas”?

The editor, Richard Horton, was forced to issue a less than heartfelt apology for conveying “the impression that we have dehumanised and marginalised women”. He explained:

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