After the disappearance of the “n-word”, are we witnessing the disappearance of the “f-word” at Radio-Canada?
It's the question we can ask ourselves since a journalist from the Crown corporation, Angie Landry, used the expression “people with a uterus” instead of the word “women” in a report on the effects of the vaccine.
It's one thing for a columnist or a host to play around with this Orwellian terminology to look good with the woke community. They can well say enormities, if they assume them.
But that in a factual report a journalist has recourse to “Newspeak”, it is worrying.
< strong>WHERE ARE THE WOMEN?
At Radio-Canada itself, host Isabelle Craig had the courage to write: “No! I am not “a person with a uterus” no offense to my colleague(s). And no, saying that doesn't make me transphobic or homophobic.” She later deleted her tweet saying there had been “no pressure from [her] employer”.
As the news caused an outcry, a real outcry, Radio- Canada recanted, removed the phrase “people with a uterus” and even published a sidebar explaining: “These formulations could imply that the identification of women was reduced to biological terms, which was not intention”.
The problem is that Radio-Canada, in its box, never mentions the expression that has been deleted. It's still weird!
Luckily I took a screenshot of the first version of the text. With Radio-Canada, you can never be too careful…
Not only this practice of replacing “woman” with “person with a uterus” so as not to hurt transgender or non-binary people is ridiculous, but she is a hypocrite.
Do you know a single person who expresses himself like this in his daily life? Even the wokeest of woke doesn't exclaim, in a moment of panic, “the person with a uterus down the street is going to get run over!” »
Can you imagine if, at the time of Aline Desjardins, we had presented on TV a program called People with a uterus today? < /p>
Should Michel Tremblay's novel be renamed: The fat person with a nearby uterus is pregnant? What to say about this great classic of Quebec cinema: Two people with a golden womb?
What if we applied this same practice to men? We no longer use the word man and replace it with “person with a prostate”.
A person with a prostate à tout faire, by Micheline Lanctôt. Would you like to hum “chabadabada” during Lelouch's film: A person with a prostate and a person with a uterus? Guy A. Lepage's comedy show, A person with a prostate, a person with a uterus.
If we eliminate the word woman from our vocabulary, we eliminate the presence women in the public space. How can we talk about the Conseil du statut de la femme, the Minister responsible for the Status of Women and even “feminism” or “feminicide” if we eliminate the word itself?