Travel the World Avoiding sexist language
Till the 20th century, women were not allowed to have any kind of occupation, or study at university, so language just needed to name men. Fortunately, this unfair and abusive situation has started to change, and language is adapting to the new social landscape. Here are some words you might be interested in thinking about. You can also send in others you find!
|Men only to Everybody!
headteacher, head - headmistress sounds derogatory/belittling, as many femenines...
webmistress - due to how recent this word is, it does not sound belittling but descriptive! :)
humankind, humanity, human beings, the human race, people, humans
you all, you people, you bunch, you folks,
first-year student, freshie
|Remain the same, and people have to learn to visualize the possibility of the person being a woman (or a man)!
author, president, senator,
|Women only to Everybody!
air hostess, stewardess
sex worker (also for men)
? - the killing of men for gender reasons does not exist so far (and hopefully ever!)
Guidelines for non-sexist language (from the Canadian Association of Broadcasters) and their Equitable Portrayal Code
University College Cork (Ireland) - Non-Sexist Language - A Guide
Avoiding Sexist Language at Talking People