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Improving Your Writing

Gender–Neutral Language

Language constantly changes, and one of the changes that academic (and also non-academic) English has gone through in the last thirty or so years is a shift to what is called ‘gender-neutral’ language. It used to be perfectly acceptable to refer to all people (male and female) as male. As society’s view of gender roles has changed, so has language: many people are uncomfortable with using ‘he’ to mean ‘he or she’. Now writers make an effort to be gender-neutral. There are several ways to do this.

For more information on gender–neutral language, go to the UNESCO guide.