We use gendered language all the time without thinking about it. From casually referring to groups as “you guys” to thanking “firemen” for the work they do, gendered terms are ingrained into our language. Sometimes this casual use feels okay and comfortable within our close social circles. But it’s always best, especially with people we don’t know well, to use non-gendered language so that everyone feels comfortable.
This chart provides many examples of gendered language we frequently use and easy non-gendered alternatives. See how many of these you can add into your day-to-day conversations.
Our language can and should honor the diversity of gender expressions and identities!
Want more advice? Consider:
- Gender-neutral communication: how to do it (from the Conversation)
- Gender-Neutral Words and Terms (from Writing Help Central)
- Gender-Inclusive Language (Writing Center: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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