Saturday, June 24, 2023
In wire-service transgender stories, Fox replaces ‘gender-affirming care’ with ‘sex change’ or ‘sex reassignment’
“Fox News’ website is altering articles from The Associated Press and Reuters to replace the phrase ‘gender-affirming care’ with the terms ‘sex change’ or ‘sex reassignment’ — phrases that the AP, trans journalists, and LGBTQ rights advocates deem outdated — and frequently removing or replacing references to ‘care’ or ‘medical care’,” Mia Gingerich reports for Media Matters.
Gingerich explains, “Gender-affirming care is a broad term that encompasses an array of essential services for trans and nonbinary people that can include both medical care — such as therapy and medication — as well as non medical services, like changing the way you dress or what pronouns you use.” She notes conservative information outlets like The Daily Signal “castigated the cable network for its occasional ‘use of activist language like “gender affirming care” in stories on its website, as well as the site’s consistent use of female pronouns for biological males.’ Last year, Fox News’ Laura Ingraham similarly called on people to stop using the term, claiming it was a ‘misleading euphemism’. The medical professionals providing gender-affirming care, and who overwhelmingly support trans youth’s access to care, do not share that sentiment.”
Last year AP added a topical guide to its Stylebook, giving guidance “not to use outdated terms, singling out ‘sex change’ as one to avoid,” Gingerich notes.