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      Gender-Inclusive Language


      Gender-Inclusive Language

      How to recognise and avoid gendered biases and sexist language.

      Double standard

      • ‘A rule or standard of good behaviour that, unfairly, some people are expected to follow or achieve but other people are not.’
      • ‘Applied specifically to a code of sexual behaviour that is more rigid for women than for men.’

      – Cambridge Dictionary

      Terms of address

      Girls, guys

      • Girls can be seen as belittling when used about adult women in certain contexts.
      • Guys can be gender-neutral. It can refer to men and/or women indifferently. But this interpretation depends on the variety of English at stake. In England, not everyone perceives it as gender-neutral.

      Other gender-specific words

      Gender, as a system, does not only class us as either man or woman. It also confers to us certain attributes, and the social values behind such attributes.