In a landmark for transgender rights, the Lancet medical journal published a new term for women’s bodies on its September cover.
The Lancet, a leading general medical journal based in the U.K., dedicated the entire front page to a quotation that included the gender-neutral term.
“bodies with vaginas” 😵💫 pic.twitter.com/Pr2OS2LXkC
— Elizabeth Nolan Brown (@ENBrown) September 25, 2021
The quote was pulled from Lancet senior editor Sophia Davis’ review of a menstruation exhibition at London’s Vagina Museum, published inside the Sept. 1 edition of the Lancet.
- “Historically, the anatomy and physiology of bodies with vaginas have been neglected — for example, the paucity in understanding of endometriosis and the way women’s pain has been seen as more likely to have an emotional or psychological cause, a hangover from centuries of theorising about hysteria,” Davis wrote.
Earlier this month, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., seemed to struggle to consistently use the preferred gender-neutral terminology when denouncing Texas’ abortion ban on CNN.
.@AOC struggling for consistency as she alternatively uses the phrases “people who give birth,” “women,” and “any menstruating person” to describe women affected by Texas’ Heartbeat Act. pic.twitter.com/KeiXAcXLuN
— Mary Margaret Olohan (@MaryMargOlohan) September 8, 2021