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The Erasure of Women from Online Pregnancy Literature

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The Erasure of Women from Online Pregnancy Literature



I’m 32 years old and don’t have children quite yet, but I’m pregnant with two of them. During my first trimester, which seemed to go on forever, I spent most of my time in bed clutching a pillow and trying unsuccessfully not to vomit. My eyes would be stabbed almost every day by migraines. I was sickened by the scent of my hormonally oily skin. But, soap made me even sicker. I couldn’t eat. I couldn’t leave the house. I couldn’t be around my husband or my pets, and I sank into a miserable puddle of exhausted, nauseated depression. The house was in chaos and I couldn’t be there for my husband and our pets. All I could do was lay down on my bed and read the pregnancy websites and medical journals that described what was happening in my body and assured me it was all normal.

As I browse popular parenting and pregnancy websites like Parents Verywell Family, however, I discovered something strange: Many of these publications are making a deliberate effort to scrub words such as “woman” “mother” from newly published articles, in favor of something called “gender-inclusive language.” Even venerable scientific publications such as the Lancet and Science This trend is catching on, or you might not be able to keep up with it.



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