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[–] Eava 10 points

Pregnant carriers sounds like an issue the post office has to deal with: "Pregnant carriers need reasonable accommodation, such as reassignment to routes that do not require extensive walking in hot weather."

Yes it does. It sounds like they’re describing the dangers for some pregnant women while doing a job involving heavy lifting.

"Pregnant carriers" sounds like the sort of shit an evil alien hivemind would say in a bad sci-fi movie.

And somehow we're the one reducing women to their biological functions!

As heinous as the term is, at least "pregnant people" contains the word "people" in it. "Pregnant carriers" makes it sound like the author is talking about livestock.

God this language game is so damn dehumanizing. How anyone could read that and not envision some sci-fi fantasy body floating in a tank is beyond me.

[–] NotCis [OP] 12 points Edited

P.S. - if anyone would like to contact NPR to complain about this article, here's the link: https://help.npr.org/contact/s/

[–] Turtlefuzz Gender Outlaw 🤠 8 points

I left a comment too. I said "Clear and concise language should always be used when reporting on health issues" so hopefully they won't immediately ignore my comment.

It also does not say ANYWHERE that 99% of cases have been in MSM. This article is absolutely criminal in so many ways.

"Carriers" as in "infected with the monkeypox virus", not as in "baby holders"

Pregnant carriers who are about to give birth are advised to have C-sections to mitigate the risk of transmitting the virus to their newborns.

Then you say "pregnant women infected with monkeypox." It's not hard and it's not possible to use "carriers" respectfully when speaking about pregnant women, even if the intent is to speak about disease. "Carriers" is also criminally unclear because people can be "carriers" for certain diseases while not being sick/infected themselves. An example is someone who carries one copy of the gene causing cystic fibrosis - a "cystic fibrosis carrier," but not someone ill with cystic fibrosis. Specificity and basic decency both matter in professional writing.

I agree, it would have been best to say something like "During labor, pregnant women infected with monkeypox are advised..." When I perused the comments here at the time however, most were interpreting the author's intent as referring to all pregnant women, rather than specifically pregnant women infected with monkeypox.

This just highlights how these language games create confusion. It's a poorly written sentence either way. But, I can see it taken either way. The more woke the writer, the more shitty the writing.

Nevertheless it sounds like they're talking about surrogate mothers and normal pregnant women can just ignore the whole thing. It's only their good luck that they can just ignore the whole thing in this particular highly overblown case.

NPR’s capture by gender ideologues has been on full display as of late.

[–] [Deleted] 2 points Edited

And us TERFS are the ones reducing people to genitalia and parts? The gaslighting is real…

I got a response from NPR. Typical can response:

We’re always grateful to hear from NPR’s listeners and readers. We read every message and make certain that all feedback reaches the appropriate people for consideration. However, due to the incredibly high volume of mail we receive, we may often not be able to respond individually.

Our top priority is to keep you connected to what is happening in your community, across the country and around the world. Your feedback helps shape and inform that work, and we thank you for taking the time to send us a message.

[–] PaulaAlquist 0 points Edited

I have so much more money to give to places that actually believe in and help women, now that I no longer donate to organizations that pander to the TQ at the expense of women. NPR and the ACLU used to be institutions I gave quite a bit of money to, but never again.

I do tell them expressly why they no longer get money from me, each and every time they ask. I did send a comment, thank you for the highlight.