New Statesman | Should feminists talk about “pregnant people”?

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I argue the case for “no” in a debate with Jennie Kermode, chair of Trans Media Watch

“I’m not sure what the public health issue is that would require a focus only on those who become pregnant, as opposed to any of those involved in pregnancy, either becoming pregnant or causing someone else to become pregnant,” Dr Elizabeth Saewyc, a Canadian professor in nursing and adolescent medicine at the University of British Columbia, recently told journalist Jesse Singal when he asked her for clarification on a study she conducted into trans youth and pregnancy.

Her statement is, on the face of it, extraordinary: unlike those who “cause someone else to become pregnant” (males), those who “become pregnant” (females) actually, well, become pregnant. But as absurd as Saewyc sounded, her position is the logical endpoint of “gender neutral” language about pregnancy.

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