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CODESRIA Guide for Authors

‘Each author presented an evening of readings from their own work’.

Using neutral nouns. Sexism could be avoided by using neutral nouns. For examples:

For

Consider

chairman, chairwoman congressman, congresswoman

chair, chairperson legislator

fireman foreman mailman manpower man, man (v) man-hours mankind man-made fibre

fire-fighter supervisor letters or mail carrier staff, workforce, human resources, people, we, human beings, to staff (v) etc., work-hours the human race artificial and synthetic fibre

policeman salesman spokesman

police officer salesperson spokesperson

Sexism in illustrations, examples, and problems

Amuch more insidious form of sexist language can also creep into illustra- tions, examples, and problems, often without the author being aware of it. To preclude this type of sexism, the following guidelines are useful:

  • Make sure that women and men, and boys and girls are portrayed

with equal frequency in illustrations, examples, and problems.

  • Avoid stereotypical characterizations.

  • Show both sexes in a variety of roles and situations, again avoiding

stereotypes.

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