There once existed a saying, “Watch your language,” and while it is still used today, its meaning has changed significantly.
For those who are unaware, news organizations have long used the Associated Press Stylebook as a writing manual. It periodically releases changes, and now the latest guidelines focus on gender identification as it goes woke. And news organizations, “appears to expressly support the language and claims of transgender activists,” the National Review reported.
According to a “Transgender Coverage Topical Advise” published by The Associated Press Stylebook, journalists should “use the term sex (or gender) assigned at birth” and “let your sources guide you on how they want to be identified.”
The Transgender Coverage Topical Guide asserts that sex is not a physical fact that is present at birth. Instead, someone proposes a notion and then challenges the infant to live up to it.
“A person’s sex and gender are usually assigned at birth by parents or attendants and can turn out to be inaccurate,” the guide says. “Experts say gender is a spectrum, not a binary structure consisting of only men and women, that can vary among societies and can change over time.”
The Associated Press says that writers should refer to those they write about by their “preferred gender identity” and avoid “deadnaming,” or the act of using someone’s birth name after they swap it for something to go with their new gender.
The AP also supported the idea of using hormones and surgery to change the gender of kids.
The report says, “in describing ‘gender-confirmation procedures’ and ‘gender-affirming care,’ the guide explains that ‘treatments can improve psychological well-being and reduce suicidal behavior.’ The guide cites that the World Professional Association for Transgender Health ‘recently lowered its recommended minimum age for starting gender transition treatment, including ‘sex hormones’ and surgeries. It says hormones can be started at age 14 and some surgeries at 15 or 17.’”
“New guidance suggests that ‘pregnant women,’ ‘women seeking abortions,’ ‘pregnant people’ and ‘people seeking abortions’ are all permissible, and writers should ‘use judgment and decide what is most appropriate in a given story.’ The update specifically advises against ‘overly clinical language’ like ‘people with uteruses’ or ‘birthing people,’” the report added.
Well, as the AP Stylebook catches up with woke culture, professional news coverage will have an interesting style, indeed.