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Be sensitive when referring to genders
It’s not always fair to only use the pronouns he or him when referring to both sexes in a piece of writing. The purpose of this blog is to show you how the use of other pronouns, can make your writing more sensitive.
Consider the following:
Project manager required. He should be a qualified accountant and have at least three year’s experience.
If you were female would you apply for this role? Two other ways to rewrite this sentence are:
- Project manager required. He or she should be a qualified accountant and have at least three year’s experience.
- Project manager required. They should be a qualified accountant and have at least three year’s experience.
In Little Red Writing Book, Brandon Royal explains that you could also use he and she alternately if they are used throughout a longer document but this could get confusing to the reader.
Brandon Royal also lists many masculine generic words such as fireman, landlord, and man-hours where there are obvious suitable alternatives: firefighter, land owner and work-hours. Similarly there are feminine generic ones such as housewife, cleaning lady and stewardess – which he suggests can also be called homemaker, housekeeper and flight attendant.
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Brandon Royal (2004) The Little Red Writing Book, USA