Women's Ministries

How to Avoid Sexist Language

1.   Recognize that words paint specific pictures. "Man" means adult male, "girl" means
      immature female. Words create labels and identify for women and men; in turn,
      these concepts affect self-esteem.

2.   Use ungendered words. For instance, humankind instead of mankind.

3.   Use plurals, using the first or second person or third person plural. For instance,
      "you," "I," "they."

4.   Repeat the noun, omit the pronoun altogether.

5.  Rewrite the sentence to avoid the problem of gender specific language. 

Source: The Elements of Nonsexist Usage by Val Dumond