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:
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