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Title: The Radical Copyeditor’s Style Guide for Writing About Transgender People: 2.7 and 3.4: Bodies and Anatomy
Speech bubbles contrast the following phrases: “Pregnant women” versus “Pregnant people”; “All men over 40 should get a prostate exam” versus “Everyone over 40 with a prostate should get screened for prostate cancer”; and “This product is for women and girls” versus “This product is for people who menstruate.”
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Regarding trans people: Trans and non-binary folks employ all sorts of wonderfully creative language to refer to our body parts, and it’s important that others respect and mirror that language. If you need to refer to our anatomy, find out what language we use and/or avoid gender-loaded words.
Regarding people in general: Anatomy is not inherently female or male; words like ‘women’ and ‘men’ do not speak to universal truths about bodies or experiences. Decouple anatomy from identity in your language and keep trans and non-binary people in mind when considering who you’re actually talking about and how to refer to them.
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