Cancer Charity Apologizes For Using 'Cervix' Instead of 'Inclusive' Terms Like 'Front Hole'

Brittany M. Hughes | June 11, 2024
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Let me ask you a question (and side note: if you have to think about the answer, you may want to consult a head doctor) - when you think of lady parts, is the first term that comes to mind “front hole”?

In fact, does that term come to mind….at all?

While the rest of us sane folk out here in the real world have probably never used that phrase to describe, well, anything, much less female bits, one major medical charity thinks it’s a perfectly acceptable term to describe vaginal anatomy, and is even apologizing for not using it.

The Canadian Cancer Society, a top cancer charity, apologized in a statement this week for using the term “cervix” instead of more inclusive terms like “front hole,” so people with vaginas who don’t “identify” as women won’t “feel distanced.” And yes, this is a real story.

“We recognize that many trans men and non-binary people may have mixed feelings about or feel distanced from the term cervix,” the CCS wrote in a statement on a cervical cancer info website under its “words matter” subheading. “You may prefer other words, such as ‘front hole.’ We recognize the limitations of the words we’ve used while also acknowledging the need for simplicity. Another reason we use words like “cervix” is to normalize the reality that men can have these body parts too.”

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Of course, a medical charity that believes men can have cervixes is like a nature conservation group that thinks parrots can live on the Great Barrier Reef. But who cares about science and facts when feelings are at stake.

The statement goes on to say that doctors "should affirm your gender and perform any tests in a way that reduces your discomfort and any feelings of gender dysphoria you may have as much as possible." Because when you've got cancer, making sure your mental illness stays in tact is the most important thing.

A couple things to note, here, since we’re apparently now having to say the obvious out loud.

First of all, if you’re facing something as massively serious as cervical cancer, your gender delusions should probably take a back seat to your life-threatening medical condition, and your doctor should use the scientific terms that apply to your treatment. Don’t like the term “cervix”? Doesn’t stop you from having a tumor.

Secondly, if you’re a woman who believes yourself to be a man, I fail to see how the term “front hole” is any more “inclusive” than “cervix.” It’s still a thing you’ve got that a biological man doesn’t. So there’s that.

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, only women have cervixes (and PS, they aren’t “front holes”). A cervix is the lower part of the uterus that connects it to the vagina. Save for an exceptionally few persons with exceedingly rare genetic mutations, only women have uteruses (and among those exceptionally few biological males born with one, it isn’t functional). Being okay with the terminology doesn’t change your DNA, or your anatomy.

Any more than your delusion makes a pregnant woman a "birthing person," a mother a "gestational parent," or genetically modified moob juice "breast milk."

So please, for the love of all that is holy and for the sake of sick people who need help, stop being a front hole, and bring back common sense.

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