Sometimes bending too much to the dogmas of politically correct and ideology woke, appearing attentive and vigilant to racial and “gender” discrimination, in an attempt to be “inclusive” and respectful of minorities, can trigger the opposite effect. It happens to the prestigious magazine The Lancet, considered a true secular Bible in the medical-scientific field, which as reported by the Telegraph was accused of sexism after describing women as “bodies with vagina“on the cover of its latest edition. Un Tweet who shared the magazine’s front page caused a wave of criticism and backlash, with academics canceling their subscriptions, doctors calling the phrase “dehumanizing“and activists who harshly criticize the offending sentence, which certainly does not favor inclusiveness. Certainly the author of the article did not have an easy task: in fact, the cover hurts a particular article, entitled”Periods on Display“and published on September 1, which reviews an exhibition on the history of menstruation at Vagina Museum from London.
Our new issue is here! On the cover—’Periods on display’ and the cultural movement against menstrual shame and #PeriodPoverty.
— The Lancet (@TheLancet) September 24, 2021
Women become “bodies with vagina”: storm up The Lancet
In the piece, the author mentions the “women“four times, but also use the phrase”bodies with vaginas“on one occasion, in a clumsy attempt to appear inclusive not particularly appreciated even by feminists themselves.”Historically, the anatomy and physiology of bodies with vaginas have been neglected“reads, an excerpt that the editors of The Lancet have chosen to put on the cover, sparking a wave of controversy and criticism on social media, and beyond. “Should we just accept it? Are we really just ‘bodies with vagina’ for medical professionals?” comments the Scottish activist Susan Dalgety, while Calvin, journalist of the Telegraph he was born in Daily Mail accusation The Lancet to have used an unscientific and offensive definition: “How is it possible that one of the world’s leading general medical journals apparently doesn’t know what a woman is ?! ‘Bodies with vaginas’ is unscientific and incredibly humiliating ” observes on Twitter. Professor Geoffrey Miller also attacks the magazine: “Isn’t The Lancet ashamed of dehumanizing living, breathing, thinking, perceiving women as mere bodies with a vagina? “. In short, a bad misstep for a prestigious newspaper, recognized as one of the most prestigious publications in the world in the medical-scientific field.
The London exhibition dedicated to menstruation
The article of discord, entitled Periods on Display, reviews, as already mentioned, an exhibition dedicated to menstruation at the Vagina museum in London, which ended on September 19th. It must be said that the same museum, in an excess of politically correct, uses the term “body” instead of “woman”. Menstruation, you can read on the museum website, were “a taboo subject within society“for thousands of years. Over 800 million people, it says,”menstruate every day (Global Citizen, 2019)“and beyond”50% of the world population will menstruate at some point in their life“, however this”natural process that some bodies“cross”he is still shrouded in shame and stigma, even today“.