Title

Nonsexist English: a Primer for the French

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1993

Abstract

Judith Ezekiel shows that linguistic sexism encounters considerable opposition in the American academic and publishing worlds . She lists a number of practical guidelines. Regarding the dilemma of the generic, he or man, the plural, or neutral terms, offer satisfactory alternatives. It is also recommended to use parallel terminology, to avoid words with traditional feminine suffixes, and language making a woman disappear behind her relationship to a man. However, the author calls attention to the danger of "gender-blindness": the use of neutral terms in sex-specific situations

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