WHOA… AP Style Guide For Journalists Just Updated GENDER Guidelines… And It’s CONFUSING

NEW YORK - JANUARY 9: A man walks out of Associated Press (AP) headquarters January 9, 2003 in New York City. Because of a contract dispute about 1,700 reporters, photographers and other editorial workers at the Associated Press will withhold their bylines today. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The Associated Press updated their journalistic guidelines to suggest that reporters “avoid references to both, either, or opposite sexes or genders,” per The Washington Times.

An email was sent out to subscribers of the AP Stylebook, a manual for journalistic writing, that included the update.

Check it out:

“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. When needed for clarity or in certain stories about scientific studies, alternatives include men and women, boys and girls, males and females.”

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.

Well, THIS is about to get confusing.