An approach to sexist language in

When possible, simply drop the pronoun altogether and substitute a nondescriptive article: We can always do better.

Eight words that reveal the sexism at the heart of the English language

Avoid adding gender markers to genderless titles, such as male nurse; use the genderless title alone i. If you are writing a paper on giving birth, you should not refer to your subject as "a pregnant woman or man".

The Bystander Approach

Sexist Language is Discriminatory The use of sexist language undermines the American goal of a non-discriminatory, inclusive society. When unconscious, the gender bias in language can be considered to be the product of society: Who dropped a ticket? The denigration of half of the population has embedded itself in the language in ways you may not even be aware of.

This includes using the word man to refer to humanity, and using titles like Congressman and fireman. In both of these sentences, the subject must be singular; only one person dropped the ticket and only one person left the sweater. Getty Images Layers and layers Some words have onion-like layers of meaning that could make an etymologist cry.

Despite decades of feminist consciousness-raising, sexist language still exists in our culture. When a student writes a paper, he or she should use the spellchecker on his or her computer. Use humanity or the human race instead of man or mankind when you are referring to all people.

Avoiding Sexist Language

The Red Flag Campaign This is a public awareness campaign for college campuses that urges bystanders to "say something" when they see a red flag of dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault.

The Playbook comes as a PDF file but the link above is for the site, which contains the Playbook as well as other useful talking points. Sexist language also offends people when they find themselves excluded. If engineers are always spoken of as male, a girl who aspires to be an engineer may feel that she has no hope, since "all" engineers are men.

The hidden sexism in workplace language

Although created by a college community, this is a tool that could be easily used with younger audiences and is youth friendly in its design. The disparity in how men and women are addressed can be even worse in emails. The winning contestant must claim his or her prize by Tuesday.

An insulting, sexist sentence by DH Lawrence in uses two such terms: Since a woman without a husband might have to rely on spinning as a source of income, the term became associated with unmarried women, eventually becoming the legal way to refer to one. Similarly preposterous—but real—words include cousiness, fornicatress, greengroceress, inventress, murdermongress, pythoness, and revengeress.

The two intermingle in so many ways, some obvious and some more subtle. Guy is a prime example of the tricky, illogical evolution of language and how it reflects gender. A safer alternative might be folks, a word often used by Barack Obama.

Here are eight examples:Beyond the "He/Man" Approach: The Case for Nonsexist Language Wendy Martyna he/man approach has received most attention in current debates on sexist language, not only because of its ubiquity but also because of its. Some empirical data on sexist language indicate that if women are not specifically included (e.g., through using females in examples, or the term "he or she"), while another may be timid in his approach to the world.

Students are different: one may relate to others assertively, while another may approach the world timidly. Full-Text Paper (PDF): Research on Sexist Language in EFL Literature: Towards a Non-Sexist Approach.

Sexist Language

Sexist assumptions find their way into speech and writing for the simple reason that society is still sexist. Language, as the medium through which we conduct almost all relationships, public and.

Tips on how to avoid sexist language. Tips on how to avoid sexist language. To fix the sentence, we must include both genders in the category of “student.” There are several ways to approach this.

An easy solution to this problem is to use “he or she” instead “he.” Hamilton College. College Hill Road, Clinton, NY Sexist language is language that excludes either men or women when discussing a topic that is applicable to both sexes.

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