On the one hand, I know that not everyone with a uterus identifies as female. On the other hand, when I’m talking about body parts I sometimes slip into writing as if body parts had genders, as in “female reproductive organs.”
Here’s a handy guide from Dean Spade that offers guidance and alternatives.
He writes, “I wrote up a little something about the language that we use to talk about body parts that are most strongly associated with gender norms. It might be of use, particularly, to health practitioners and others who talk about bodies a lot.”
Dean Spade is an Assistant Professor at Seattle University School of Law. He teaches Administrative Law, Poverty Law, Law and Social Movements and Critical Perspectives on Transgender Law. His website is here.