I use and support the "universal he".

I was just checking my gmail and this ad came up at the top:

Gender Neutral Language

Make your documents gender neutral

The goal of gender-neutral language is to avoid implicit or explicit references to gender or sex. The language should be as inclusive as possible and not make any assumptions about traits or professions belonging to one gender or the other. Methods include:

Avoid terms for professions that are gender specific, such as policeman or watchman. Instead, use neutral terms like police officer and guard.
Avoid modifiers that imply gender-specific traits, such as man-size. Use words that specifically identify the trait, such as large.
Avoid including gender modifiers that assume that certain professions belong to one gender, such as male nurse or female doctor. Remove the modifier unless it is absolutely needed in context.
When writing technical documents or manuals, try to avoid the use of he or him to refer to both genders. Try to reword the sentence to avoid their use, alternate or use combined phrases such as his or her.
Avoid general words that tend to exclude one gender, such as mankind. Use words like humanity instead.
Avoid language that makes assumptions about gender makeup of certain professions or endeavors, such as only girls dance ballet, or only boys play baseball.

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9 Responses to “I use and support the "universal he".”

  1. Wenonah4th Says:

    hear, hear!

  2. Wenonah4th Says:

    hear, hear!

  3. Wenonah4th Says:

    hear, hear!

  4. Metatron Says:

    Re: “I use and support the “universal he”.

    While I agree with almost everything else you say, always using He is also stupid.

    The English language used to have a perfectly good, gender-neutral 3rd person pronoun 200 years ago called they.

    I prefer to just use they everywhere and not bother with the he/she nonsense.

  5. Metatron Says:

    Re: “I use and support the “universal he”.

    While I agree with almost everything else you say, always using He is also stupid.

    The English language used to have a perfectly good, gender-neutral 3rd person pronoun 200 years ago called they.

    I prefer to just use they everywhere and not bother with the he/she nonsense.

  6. Metatron Says:

    Re: “I use and support the “universal he”.

    While I agree with almost everything else you say, always using He is also stupid.

    The English language used to have a perfectly good, gender-neutral 3rd person pronoun 200 years ago called they.

    I prefer to just use they everywhere and not bother with the he/she nonsense.

  7. MarkyMark Says:

    FM,

    I agree!

    MarkyMark

  8. MarkyMark Says:

    FM,

    I agree!

    MarkyMark

  9. MarkyMark Says:

    FM,

    I agree!

    MarkyMark

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