The Associated Press has issued new guidelines for sex and gender in their AP Stylebook; astonishingly advising journalists that there are more than two sexes and genders which are completely detached from one another, so they should avoid references which suggest otherwise.
“Gender refers to a person’s social identity while sex refers to biological characteristics,” explains the Stylebook.
“Not all people fall under one of two categories for sex or gender, according to leading medical organizations, so avoid references to both, either or opposite sexes or genders as a way to encompass all people," the guidelines say. "When needed for clarity or in certain stories about scientific studies, alternatives include men and women, boys and girls, males and females."
The AP also gave guidance on pronouns. The Washington Examiner reports:
The Stylebook issued further guidance for use of pronouns under an entry named “they, them, their.” Those third-person plural pronouns are preferred by some transgender or gender fluid individuals who say they are not comfortable with traditional male or female personal pronouns.
Refraining from total Safe Space insanity, the AP added, "We do not use other gender-neutral pronouns such as xe or ze."
Have to draw the line somewhere, I guess!
Along with the politically correct gender and sex style updates, Associated Press subscribers were also hit with an ever-important "fake news" update. (The term "fake news" was first adopted by leftists and branded to conservatives outlets in effort to silence them; conservatives quickly appropriated the term to call out narrative fails of the Left.)
“The term fake news may be used in quotes or as shorthand for the modern phenomenon of deliberate falsehoods or fiction masked as news circulating on the internet,” said the AP via email. “However, do not label as fake news specific or individual news items that are disputed.
“If fake news is used in a quote, push for specifics about what is meant. Alternative wording includes false reports, erroneous reports, unverified reports, questionable reports, disputed reports or false reporting, depending on the context.”