Outrage over ‘not all pregnant women are women’ at Royal College
A respected British medical body has sparked fury after inviting an organization that claims it’s a “myth” that only women get pregnant to hold a seminar to mark International Women’s Day.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG) event is being promoted as an opportunity for attendees to discuss ways to tackle sexism in healthcare.
But the appointment of the keynote speaker, Tori Ford, founder of the nonprofit organization Medical Herstory, has sparked controversy.
Medical Herstory has claimed that a major myth about pregnancy is that “all pregnant people are women”.
Instead, the organization uses the broader term “pregnant people” because it includes trans men, non-binary people, and “other gender non-conforming people.”
Feminist groups have criticized the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG) for inviting Medical Herstory to speak on International Women’s Day after the latter said it was a “myth” that all pregnant women were women
Tomorrow’s RCOG event was about combating medical sexism towards women
Medical Herstory, a non-profit dedicated to Gender Health Equity founder Tori Ford, has been invited to speak at the RCOG event
Feminists and midwifery groups said RCOG’s decision to invite Medical Herstory to International Women’s Day was “disappointing” and that inclusive language must not come at the expense of “wiping out the majority” of women.
Feminist author Milli Hill said that while she applauds the college’s goal of combating medical sexism this International Women’s Day, Medical Herstory’s commitment is worrying.
“Sexism happens to women because of their gender,” she said.
“It is therefore disappointing to see that RCOG has commissioned a group that, despite the promising name Medical Herstory, seems confused about the gender difference.
“Her Instagram post stating the most common pregnancy myth that ‘all pregnant women are women’ is a classic example of this.”
She added that Medical Herstory was wrong about the biological reality of the pregnancy.
“Every woman who becomes pregnant is female, no matter how she chooses to identify,” she said.
Ms Hill also said while all people should be treated with respect, widespread inclusive language should not erase women, particularly in the fight against sexism.
“Language should not be changed at the population level by wiping out the majority in favor of a very small minority,” she said.
“Fighting sexual oppression requires gendered language.”
The With Woman coalition for maternity care also criticized Medical Herstory’s participation in the RCOG seminar.
Anna, a spokeswoman for the group, said: “We welcome the RCOG’s focus on Women’s Day. We believe in tackling the stigma in women’s healthcare.
“However, the fact that there is a stigma is because it is women. It’s sexism and oppression of women that creates the problem.
“Herstory, to say that it is a myth that all pregnant women are women, misses the point of the stigma.”
She added that while healthcare professionals would always treat individual patients with respect, tackling sexism requires recognition of women.
“As health professionals, we treat everyone with dignity and in the language they want, but when we address stigma in women’s health services, we need to start with a gender analysis,” she said.
“You need gender analysis to fight sexism and with it the stigma attached to women’s health.”
In a post on Medical Herstory’s Instagram account, the organization explained that it is a “myth” that all “pregnant” women are women.
It also said some pregnant women “may face social barriers during pregnancy,” including “caregivers who don’t respect their pronouns.”
Here are some examples of the woke language changes that have engulfed the NHS. Some of these come from national NHS communications while others are used by individual hospitals
Medical Herstory continues to urge people to use more inclusive language when discussing pregnant people.
RCOG and Medical Herstory have been contacted for comment.
Only natural females can become pregnant, as natural males do not have the eggs to conceive a child, nor a womb to carry a baby.
This also applies to trans people, with only female-to-male transgender people, trans men, being able to conceive.
However, some scientists have touted the idea of making uterine transplants available to trans women, people who are biologically male, to enable them to conceive.
The deletion of women from health information has become an issue of increasing concern in the NHS.
Gendered terms have been quietly scrubbed from official advice sites as part of a woke inclusivity drive.
Affected are pages on ovarian, uterine and cervical cancer as well as menopause, which only natural women can suffer from.
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