The Guardian newspaper has been ridiculed on Twitter after referring to women as 'menstruators'.
The liberal-leaning newspaper opted for the unusual choice of word in a tweet about a poll of women on their experience of period pain at work.
'Last year, YouGov asked 538 menstruators about their experiences of period pain in the workplace; 57% said it had affected their work,' the newspaper said.
Last year, YouGov asked 538 menstruators about their experiences of period pain in the workplace; 57% said it had affected their work https://t.co/d4AR3aQrwd— Guardian B2B (@guardian_b2b) October 25, 2018
The tweet was met by a barrage of complaints on Twitter. British author and journalist Rose George chided the paper for using a 'horrible word'. 'I write loads about menstruation, including for @guardian . If I ever write the word "menstruators," it will be because I have been tied to a radiator and forced to. Horrible word that erases women. Really beneath you, @guardian_b2b #thewordiswomen,' she tweeted. Another Twitter user questioned why The Guardian had not taken the same approach in a different article about prostate cancer among men. 'Clicking on the link shows that YouGov asked 538 *women.* You're comfortable using the word men in today's article about prostrate cancer. Why are they not "ejaculators" but women are replaced by a description based on a bodily function?' wrote Twitter user DadAndTwo. Others questioned whether it was even accurate to use the word 'menstruators' for women. 'Does a woman have to be menstruating to qualify as a 'menstruator'? Is a woman who is not currently menstruating to be called a 'dormant menstruator'? Is a woman who no longer menstruates to be known as a 'former menstruator'? Is a man to be categorised as a 'non-menstruator'?' wrote Jim Gibson. Firsht called the article the 'final straw' and part of a wider trend threatening 'the erasure of the word "women"' after the Wellcome Collection in London advertised a series of art workshops that would include discussions on 'womxn'. 'I am not a walking cervix or a menstruator. I am a W‑O‑M‑A‑N,' Firsht wrote.
Typeset women back into history with #Daylighting our four-day programme of letter printing presses, zine workshops, discussions on how womxn can challenge existing archives, wikipedia 101 & more. 18-21 Oct. Explore the programme: https://t.co/jt7HitkDaA #free pic.twitter.com/uWTpEhhhwK— Wellcome Collection (@ExploreWellcome) October 6, 2018