As the items and articles on this page show, all terms pertaining to biological sex are a potential minefield of hurt feelings on Planet Trans. So far as I know, none of the screenshots below were designed for April Fools Day.
A curious idea from Planned Parenthood Ottawa is that to describe male anatomy as ‘male’ and female anatomy as ‘female’ is “judgmental” and the way to fight transphobia is to teach anatomy and reproduction without using the words. Has this approach achieved any lessening of prejudice, discrimination and violence against transgender people or have the well-meaning folk of PPO just made themselves look daft? Your guess is as good as mine.
Biology 101: If she has a uterus, she’s a woman.
Whatever you do, don’t misgender your cat, transphobe!
We have a winner…of the most disparaging way to refer to women competition.
The justification for this Orwellian abomination is that it accompanied an article about anal sex. If the reasoning behind that justification escapes you, you’re not the only one. The article was in Teen Vogue, which is primarily aimed at teenage girls (but, whatever you do, don’t mention the clitoris). Megan Murphy writes about it here:
How to groom a handmaiden
You may have a body part other people lack but there’s no need to rub their faces in it. Do not mention the ‘f word’ (female) because that’s just cruel! Don’t say ‘vagina’ in case it’s triggering!
(Mind you, while the policing of this young woman’s language is nauseating, nothing compares to the revelation that other girls make fun of longer labia. Never heard of that before. How do they know? Please don’t tell me they burst out laughing in the middle of lovemaking.)
Just blame the ‘gestational parent’
Pregnancy, birth, sexual health
An “evolving” document suggesting gender inclusive terms that healthcare professionals should use. That the author had to turn off editing due to trolls goes some way to restoring my faith in humanity. I wonder how long it will be before these gender-obsessive terms become established? Whenever it is, hopefully I’ll be long dead by then.
Links from Planet Rational
Are we women or are we menstruators? Meghan Murphy
“Conundrumy! How is it possible for a human being — trans or not — to menstruate if they do not, in fact, have ovaries and a uterus? Well, hold on to your hats, folks — the answer is: it’s not possible. Every single person who menstruates has a female body. Does this make you feel uncomfortable? Apparently it makes Planned Parenthood uncomfortable, which is odd, as they, of all people, should understand these basic facts about women’s bodies, as experts and educators on the very topic of women’s bodies.”
Bra-gate – Yellowberry products now ‘for everyone’ Lily Maynard
“It is interesting to note that big clothing companies, who also market underwear and other clothing directly at girls and women, have not been targeted. Far easier to intimidate and bully a small philanthropic business, run by a young woman who is barely out of her teens herself. Why approach Yellowberry? Why not Target or NEXT?”
Breastfeeding is not a neutral act Full cream web blog
“I have become increasingly disturbed to watch the language of birth and breastfeeding support become a battleground in the name of inclusivity – specifically, the inclusion of individuals and families who identify as transgender or non-binary. More and more frequently, breastfeeding supporters and activists who use the term ‘mother’ are slapped on the wrist for doing so, on the basis that it is a gendered term which excludes those who do not identify as mothers. Similarly, ‘breastfeeding’ excludes people who don’t think of their milky bits as female or breasts. Instead, we should be using the ‘preferred terms’ of lactating parent. Human milk. Chestfeeding (or even just ‘feeding’).”
“WHEN a person’s waters break and that “person” goes into labour, we’ve gone too far.
That sums up the position of Australia’s midwives, who have had to fight to get “woman”, rather than “person”, into their new code of conduct. The Nursing and Midwifery Board took the nation’s 30,000 midwives by surprise when it drafted the new code and replaced references to “woman-centred care” with “person-centred care”. The Board invited submissions on the draft code and they flooded in, from the profession, academics and individuals.”
The word ‘woman’ is being erased from public life Brendan O’Neill
“So feverish is the obsession with avoiding giving offence to trans people that society is now happy to lie to itself. Frontpage headlines declare, ‘MAN HAS BABY’ and ‘Baby joy of first British man to give birth’. Media outlets inform us that ‘Statistics reveal men have given birth to 54 babies in Australia’ and ‘Pregnant British man gives birth to daughter’. We know all of this is untrue. Don’t we? We know that no man, anywhere, has ever given birth. We know that’s impossible. What they really mean is that women who identify as men gave birth. But if you say that — if you say, ‘They must be women, because they gave birth’ — you will be branded transphobic. It is a hate crime to say men cannot get pregnant.”
“The pregnant body is not an isolated, solipsistically self-defining object. It exists in time, within a specific social, historical and political context. One can argue over whether or not gender exists as an apolitical entity; whether to be a woman is to identify or be identified as one. Our most immediate challenge, however, concerns whether all pregnant individuals are seen as people, not whether all pregnant people are seen as women. In order to address this we need to talk about women as a class. Gender-neutral terms limit our ability to do this. Whatever our intentions, neutralising language is not a neutral act.”