ERASURE: Language

Green Party Women betraying women

People generally don’t like language being changed and attempts to do so are always likely to be met with disdain or ridicule as a knee-jerk reaction. This happens even when the proposed changes are clearly progressive is in the case of replacing Miss/Mrs with Ms or Chairman with Chair.

Disdain and ridicule are even more likely responses when proposed changes are patently disdainful and ridiculous as is the case with much of what is called “trans inclusive” language, most of which might also reasonably called “woman erasing” language. I originally intended to have just one page with a few examples but it got a bit crowded so I’ve divided the material up into categories and given them a page each.


Other pages on language on this site:



cis, trans and pronouns


Links to external articles

Parties are in trouble if they can’t use c-word Sarah Ditum in The Times 27.09.21

What The Lancet gets wrong about women Debbie Hayton in Unherd 27.09.21

Lancet accused of sexism after calling women ‘bodies with vaginas’ The Telegraph 25.09.21

Erasing women: Why make such efforts to avoid using the word “women”? Joan Smith in The Critic 20.08.21

London North East Railway apologises and promises to deal with conductor who wished passengers a cheery ‘good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls’ Mail 13.05.21

Pronouns are about power Angus Fox 24.04.21

Does it matter if someone was born male or female? When it comes to crime reporting, yes Lucy Hunter Blackburn in The Courier 15.04.21

When You Put Preferred Pronouns in Your Email Signature Leela 31.03.21

Why I joined the trans debate James Kirkup in The Spectator 26.02.21

Words matter: The press must stop misreporting a persons sex Fair Play for Women 26.02.21

Breastfeeding is now chestfeeding: Why are the language police trying to wipe out women? Sunday Times 13.02.21

Breastfeeding is now chestfeeding, Brighton’s trans-friendly midwives are told The Times 09.02.21

There used to be a word for us… Maya Forstater 28.10.20

Transgender wars and the fight for female emancipation The Spectator 24.09.20

Tedx London sparks fury over decision to replace ‘woman’ with ‘womxn’ to be ‘more inclusive’ Mail 09.09.20

Use transgender pronouns or face possible dismissal: new guidelines for NI’s 23,000 civil servants News Letter 31.08.20

Declaring your pronouns is pure narcissism The Times 11.08.20

The transgender debate needs clear thinking, not muddled language Debbie Hayton 03.08.20

If we can’t define what a woman is, how can we organise politically?
Suzanne Moore in The Guardian 03.08.20

The word ‘woman’ is already taken Debbie Hayton 20.07.20

Objections to ‘Cis’ Not the News in Briefs 16.07.20

BBC advises all staff to use trans‑friendly pronouns The Times 10.07.20

The Times view on a new BBC policy: Pronoun Problems 10.07.20

She Who Must Not Be Named Helen Joyce 20.06.20

The Fifth Circuit Rejects the Lie of Transgender Pronouns National Review 27.01.20

Xemself,’ ‘Eirself,’ and ‘Verself’: U.S. Appeals Court Nixes Gender Neutral Pronouns Forbes 15.01.20

What are your preferred genital nouns? Spiked online 08.01.20

How trans activists made ‘woman’ a dirty word Spiked 08.11.19

The Move to Erase Women from Periods, Pregnancy, and Parenting M.K. Fain 01.11.19

Happy International Pronoun Day 2019 Maria MacLachlan 16.10.19

I’ve added my pronouns to my Twitter bio in solidarity with other narcissists Spectator USA 13.09.19

Trans English is the new common tongue Spectator USA 19.07.19

School pupils in Brighton get badges saying if they prefer to be called ‘she, he or they’ with the slogan ‘gender is a spectrum’ in bid to help transgender children Mail 02.04.19

Ontological Totalitarianism by Numbers Jane Clare Jones 08.12.18

West Point High teacher fired following transgender controversy  NBC12 06.12.18

Goldsmiths students replace the word ‘women’ with ‘WOMXN’ Mail 26.11.18

I am not a walking cervix or a menstruator. I am a W‑O‑M‑A‑N The Times 31.10.18

If transwomen are women, what is a woman? Sophie Allen 16.08.18

BBC staff told to use non‑binary pronouns Times 13.10.18

‘Womxn’ row as companies worry the word ‘women’ excludes transgender people Telegraph 10.10.18

Diluting the meaning of ‘woman,’ to appease transgender activists, is misogyny Barbara Kay, National Post 13.09.18

Altrincham Grammar School for Girls ban on calling pupils ‘girls’ – because it’s hurtful to transgender people Manchester Evening News

Why I decided to stop using the term “transwoman” La Scapigliata 25.04.18

Breastfeeding is not a neutral act Full cream web blog 03.11.17

College lists ‘ne,’ ‘ve,’ ‘ey’ as gender neutral pronouns Campus Reform (American conservative site) 01.03.18

Head of top single-sex school says she only uses ‘pupils’ to describe youngsters so not to hurt feelings of any considering changing sex Daily Mail 24.09.17

How do you define ‘man’ and ‘woman’? Andy Lewis 04.06.18

Like A Thief In The Night: The Scottish Bill That Stole The Word Woman Fair Play for Women 21.03.18

Midwives rail against proposal to call women persons in new code of conduct Adelaide Now 23.11.17

No, Teen Vogue, the backlash to your anal sex article was not rooted in homophobia  Meghan Murphy 20.07.17

Open letter to MANA 

The amazing disappearing ‘women’ Deb UK

The Problem That Has No Name because “Woman” is too Essentialist Claire Heuchan

The word ‘woman’ is being erased from public life Brendan O’Neill

The problem with talking about “pregnant people” Glosswitch

Trans rights should not come at the cost of women’s fragile gains Sarah Ditum




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