Science is hard!!
You have got to be kidding me. The British Medical Association (BMA) has told people to stop calling pregnant people expectant mothers because it could offend transgender people. Instead, call those females “pregnant people.” From The Telegraph:
On pregnancy and maternity, it says: “Gender inequality is reflected in traditional ideas about the roles of women and men. Though they have shifted over time, the assumptions and stereotypes that underpin those ideas are often deeply-rooted.”
It adds: “A large majority of people that have been pregnant or have given birth identify as women. We can include intersex men and transmen who may get pregnant by saying ‘pregnant people’ instead of ‘expectant mothers’.”
HOW DO I SCIENCE?! It’s actually pretty easy. ONLY FEMALES CAN GET PREGNANT. It doesn’t matter if you identify as a male or had an operation to give you breasts and feminine features.
This is a FACT: A vagina and breasts do NOT make you female. Your chromosomal makeup makes you a female. If you can get pregnant you are a FEMALE. You are an EXPECTANT MOTHER. It doesn’t matter how you identify yourself. You cannot change science!
Like in this case:
It recently emerged that a Briton who was born a girl but wants to become a man has put surgery on hold in order to have a baby.
Hayden Cross, 20, is legally male and had hormone treatment but not yet had sex-change surgery.
There are no other known cases of a transitioning person becoming pregnant in the UK.
Guess what Hayden. You’re a FEMALE. Even after surgery you’re STILL a female because as far as I know all the operations and hormones in the world cannot change your chromosomes. Once you become pregnant, you are an EXPECTANT MOTHER.
Oh, the ridiculousness doesn’t stop there. Someone find all these snowflakes a freaking safe place, please:
“The elderly” should be referred to as “older people”, “disabled lifts” called “accessible lifts” and someone who is “biologically male or female” should be called “assigned male or female”.
ASSIGNED? SERIOUSLY?! Wait, it gets better:
Elsewhere, staff are told to substitute the words “surname” or “last name” for “family name”.
“Mankind” and “manpower” should be avoided because it is “not good practice” to use a “masculine noun”, instead swapped for “humanity” and “personnel”, and listing prefixes for names such as “Prof”, “Dr”, “Mr”, “Mrs” or “Miss” should not be put in a particular order on forms to avoid a “perceived hierarchy”.
The document, which was published last year, also underlines guidance on language that has long been considered offensive, suggesting staff do not refer to people as being “spastic” or “mongol” but that they should be called a “person with cerebral palsy” or “person with Down’s syndrome”.
I have NO words. The BMA has pushed away science for political correctness. How asinine. The introduction states that the new guidelines uses “language that shows respect for and sensitivity towards everyone.” These new words have become BMA’s “contribution towards the celebration of diversity!”
No, your language has denied science. The BMA has only contributed to the dumbing down of society.
We received the following correspondence from a third party who’d probed this story further. The BMA writes:
The story in the Daily Telegraph is deliberately misleading as is the story in the Daily Mail. We did tell the Daily Mail this before they printed the story .
The story claims the BMA has issued guidance to doctors on what language to use to describe pregnant patients, claiming doctors have been advised not to use the term “expectant mothers” as it might offend transgender patients.
This story is wholly inaccurate, the document and “introduction” they refer to related to a guide for BMA staff and representatives aimed at promoting an inclusive workplace at the BMA. It is not “official guidance” and has not been issued to doctors.
This was our public comment:
A BMA spokesperson said:
“This is a guide for BMA staff and representatives aimed at promoting an inclusive workplace at the BMA, it is not workplace guidance for doctors which is clear from the fact it does not refer to patients.”
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