Sexist language

Language that unnecessarily identifies gender with the subject being discussed, particularly that which reinforces gendered stereotypes about a title or role. Best practices involve using gender-neutral language whenever possible (examples include using “staffed” instead of “manned,” “humankind” instead of “mankind,” or the gender-neutral pronoun “they” instead of defaulting to “he/she” when a person or group’s gender is unspecified).

Citation: Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement. (2021) CSCCE Glossary: Inclusive Language in Community Building. Woodley, Pratt, Bakker, Bertipaglia, Dow, El Zein, Kuwana, Lower, Roca, and Santistevan doi: 10.5281/zenodo.5718783

Categories: Inclusive language
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