An NHS web site aimed toward offering steering on menstruation has eliminated the phrase “girls” from its pages.
Bloody Brilliant, a interval data web site that was created for NHS Wales and the Welsh authorities final August, now refers to these with intervals as “young people who bleed” and “half the world’s population”.
The phrases “women” and “female” seem a handful of instances throughout the almost two dozen pages of steering on Bloody Brilliant.
Instead, the web site opts for direct messaging, referring to readers as “you” to convey details about intervals.
On its web page about what intervals are, it reads: “Your period or menstruation (that’s the ‘sciencey’ name) is part of your menstrual cycle. This cycle is ultimately your body’s way of preparing itself for a possible pregnancy.”
It comes after the NHS eliminated the phrases “woman” and “women” from its menopause and ovarian most cancers pages as a part of an replace to enhance inclusive language.
An NHS Digital spokesperson stated in a press release that the well being service retains webpages “under continual review to ensure they use language that is inclusive, respectful and relevant to the people reading it”.
The transfer to take away the phrases “woman” and “women” from its pages was criticised by former well being secretary Sajid Javid, who stated he didn’t “think it was right”.
Theresa Villiers, Conservative MP for Chipping Barnet, criticised Bloody Brilliant during an interview with Sky News on Wednesday morning (10 August).
She stated: “I think it’s wrong to remove terms like ‘women’ and ‘girls’ from these kinds of websites, I don’t think the reference to ‘young people who bleed’ is appropriate.
“We can’t be in a situation where terms like ‘women’, ‘mother’, ‘girls’ are removed from our discourse,” Villiers added.
However, the transfer was praised by others on social media.
“This is awesome to see!” one individual wrote. “Trans men and non binary people often have periods, so the use of gender neutral language makes sense. Thanks @NHS for being inclusive!”
The Independent has contacted NHS Wales for remark.