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AP updates its style guidelines on when to use 'pregnant people' versus 'women'

There are a couple of books of guidelines for reporters to follow on, say, when to abbreviate a state name in a headline. One is the Associated Press Stylebook, which this editor has propping up his keyboard. We at Twitchy are supposed to follow Associated Press style, but this editor sort of gave up on that when the AP explained that it was now capitalizing black but not white because “white people generally do not share the same history and culture” (and black people around the world do?) and also because “capitalizing the term white, as is done by white supremacists, risks subtly conveying legitimacy to such beliefs.” Yeah, no.

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The Associated Press is back with an update to its guidelines on the use of “pregnant people” to make it easier to write stories about “people who seek an abortion.”

We’d noticed “women” suddenly came back into fashion after that draft decision was leaked.

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That’s why it was so important that your teachers gave you a solid grounding in queer theory when you were in kindergarten; then you’d understand.

Good point.

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We told you how California Gov. Gavin Newsom screwed up the other day and referred to “women” instead of “birthing people.”

We’ve read it a few times now and still aren’t sure we get it; reporters are allowed to write about “women” and confine “pregnant people” to stories that specifically address the experiences of people who do not identify as women, like trans men, who can get pregnant.


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