Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Such class and linguistic skill: New safe sex guide says medical term ‘vagina’ could trigger trans people, replaces with ‘front hole’

New safe sex guide says medical term ‘vagina’ could trigger trans people, replaces with ‘front hole’

New safe sex guide says medical term ‘vagina’ could trigger trans people, replaces with ‘front hole’
A new LGBT-inclusive safe sex guide has been published by, and warns that using the medical term "vagina" may be offensive to some transgender individuals. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images) 
A popular online health information website has unveiled a new LGBT-inclusive sex education guide geared toward youth. Within it, the medical term “vagina” is replaced with the words “front hole,” in order to prevent triggering gender dysphoria for transgender people who were born with female body parts.

Say what?

San Francisco-based medical site Healthline — a competitor of WebMD — created the LGBTQIA Safe Sex Guide in partnership with Advocates for Youth and GLSEN, to replace past sex education curricula.
The guide condemns the fact that sex education programs have historically been “developed based on the assumption that those receiving information were solely heterosexual and cisgender” during times of “rampant homophobia and transphobia.”
Reiterating what it considers the inaccuracies of traditional sex education resources, Healthline’s publication states, “These guides also often unnecessarily gender body parts as being ‘male parts’ and ‘female parts’ and refer to ‘sex with women’ or ‘sex with men,’ excluding those who identify as nonbinary. Many individuals don’t see body parts as having a gender — people have gender.”
It continues to explain that “as a result, the notion that a penis is exclusively a male body part and a vulva is exclusively a female part is inaccurate,” and therefore, “for the purposes of this guide, we’ll refer to the vagina as the ‘front hole’ instead of solely using the medical term ‘vagina.’
“This is gender-inclusive language that’s considerate of the fact that some trans people don’t identify with the labels the medical community attaches to their genitals,” the guide states.
To avoid any confusion, the guide gives the example that “some trans and nonbinary-identified people assigned female at birth enjoy being the receptor of penetrative sex, but experience gender dysphoria when that part of their body is referred to using a word that society and professional communities often associate with femaleness.
“An alternative that’s becoming increasingly popular in trans and queer communities is front hole.”

Alrighty. Wait, there’s more?

The LGBTQIA Safe Sex Guide emphasizes the importance of its updated, inclusive, “safer” content by stating “the lack of representation and anti-LGBTQIA bias that LGBTQIA and binary people often see in safe sex guides stigmatizes certain sexual behaviors and identities.”
Healthline’s guide warns that omitting such critical information in traditional sex education is “directly related to the health disparities and higher rates of HIV and STIs reported within these communities.”

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