The editor of a leading medical journal has apologized in the wake of outrage stemming from a recent cover of the publication referring to biological women as “bodies with vaginas.”
In the latest issue of The Lancet, the British-based journal featured a quote on the front cover from a peer-reviewed piece on “the anatomy and physiology of bodies with vagina.”
Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of the journal, issued a statement this week in response to the backlash the publication faced for the terminology.
“[W]e have conveyed the impression that we have dehumanized and marginalized women,” he said. “[I] apologize to our readers who were offended by the cover quote and the use of those same words in the review. At the same time, I want to emphasize that transgender health is an important dimension of modern health care, but one that remains neglected.”
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