Gender Fair or Nonsexist language is the standard today. It means selecting words that are gender neutral or gender inclusive. Avoid using “he” to stand for “he or she.”
Nonsexist language includes the following:
Avoid the colloquial term “guys” when addressing a mixed-gender audience. The word has the power to subconsciously exclude a substantial portion of the audience and also goes directly against the spirit of being “Gender-Fair.” Include all audience members in your words, and you will stand a better chance of winning them over to your way of thinking.
Read the Position Statement from the National Council of Teachers of English called “Guidelines for Gender-Fair Use of Language.” When possible, avoid exclusionary language. Choose inclusive alternatives.
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