Just months after updating its style guide to include phrases like “pregnant people” and “people seeking abortions,” the AP has attempted to clarify the context in which such phrases should be used. In most cases, the AP says, gender-specific language that refers to women is “acceptable.”
According to a tweet from the @APStylebook account Wednesday, phrases that specifically identify women as the group of people who can get pregnant might actually be appropriate.
“Pregnant woman or women who want an abortion is an acceptable wording,” the AP wrote.
However, there is a catch.
“Wording like pregnant women or people who want abortions It’s also acceptable to include people who have these experiences but don’t identify as women,” the AP continued, “as some do transgender men and some nonbinary Persons.”
The AP warns that men and women should be equally “disputed” in such cases, always bearing in mind that “neutral alternatives” unrelated to gender are “also acceptable”. “Overly clinical language,” the AP insists, should be avoided.
This updated style tip comes just three months after the previous updated style tip, which first introduced the gender-neutral phrases “pregnant people” and “people seeking an abortion” just for them stories “which specifically address the experiences of people who do not identify as women.” So the latest update isn’t so much a departure from the previous update as it is a clarification of when to use supposedly more inclusive alternatives.
Still, this update implies that a general association between Women and pregnancy is “acceptable”, with a few notable exceptions.
But most Tweet commenters seemed to prefer to keep things simple.
“In the entire history of mankind on this planet, only women have ever been pregnant,” she replied @DanShreffler.
“I love the ongoing effort to make basic communication as difficult and exhaustive as possible,” said another answer.
Others questioned the word Womennot because of gender, but because of age.
“Please remember that the use of ‘people’ includes both *girls* and trans/non-binary people. A ten year old is not a ‘pregnant woman’. Calling them minimizes the horror of what is happening in the US,” one wrote userperhaps relating to the recent alleged rape of a 10-year-old girl in Ohio.
That AP claims that while it only releases a spiral-bound version of its style book updates every two years, it updates its digital style book services “throughout the year as style changes and updates are made.”
https://www.theblaze.com/news/ap-stylebook-pregnant-women-pregnant-people AP Stylebook clarifies when to use “pregnant women” instead of “pregnant people.”