It appears an even more politically correct term is on the rise that may soon replace the tried-and-true "sex-reassignment surgery" or "gender-reassignment surgery," both of which used to be called "sex-change operation" before the PC winds blew through our cultural branches.
Drum roll, please: You may now begin uttering "gender-confirmation surgery."
Seemingly inherent in this latest euphemistic incarnation is the ever-growing notion that we can choose not only what gender we'd like to be — but also we can up the "truth" ante with respect to transgender pursuits. Incidentally, some synonyms of "confirmation" include: corroboration, verification, proof, testimony, endorsement, authentication and evidence.
The use of "gender-confirmation surgery" looks to be a trend within the media landscape of late:
Huffington Post headline: "California Killer Is First U.S. Inmate To Have State-Funded Gender Confirmation Surgery"
Teen Vogue headline: "A Transgender Teenager Documented Her Gender Confirmation Surgery"
CBS News headline: "How to pay for expensive gender confirmation surgery"
Washington Post headline: "VA considers gender-confirming surgery for veterans"
NBC News story: "She said she has been on hormone replacement therapy since 2013 and repeatedly tried to get gender-confirmation surgery in the past."
CNN article: "Just 33% of trans people report undergoing some form of gender-confirming surgery."
"For more than 11 years, I have performed gender confirmation surgery as part of my surgical practice," Schechter wrote. "I call it 'gender confirmation surgery' because I believe that out of the myriad labels I’ve heard for the procedure — 'sex reassignment surgery,' 'gender reassignment surgery,' and 'sex change operation,' to name but a few — none is as accurate when it comes to describing what is actually taking place as 'gender-confirmation surgery.'"
He concludes by asking readers to enforce the use of "gender-confirmation surgery" in their everyday interactions.
"So next time you hear someone speak about a 'sex change,' 'sex reassignment operation,' or some related moniker, you may want to consider encouraging the messenger to use a more accurate name for the procedure, like 'gender-confirmation surgery,'" Schechter wrote. "Just a thought."
(H/T: The Daily Wire)