Just in time for school: A guide on how to use gender-neutral words

Just in time for school: A guide on how to use gender-neutral words

[Ed. – More brainwashing]

Gender-inclusive language isn’t typically something you learn in school, but its use is incredibly important to make life easier for nonbinarypeers.

There are ways to practice gender-inclusive language beyond just respecting gender-neutral pronouns. For instance, replacing “ladies and gentlemen” with “everybody” helps include people who do not identify as ladies or gentlemen.

“Using gendered terms — such as “ladies [and] gentlemen” — is highly presumptuous, especially in today’s society, in which many persons are aware that they don’t identify as male or female and therefore are uncomfortable with this type of language,” Dara Hoffman-Fox, LPC, explains.

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To help our nonbinary friends feel more included and safe around us, here are four more ways to practice gender-inclusive language:

Remove gendered language — like using “postman” as the default word rather than “postal worker” — from everyday speech. By not using a word ending in “-man” as the default phrase for a descriptor, we can normalize the idea that anyone can perform a job, regardless of their gender identity.

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