ERIC Number: ED113758
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Guidelines for Nonsexist Use of Language in NCTE Publications.
National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.
Written in response to a resolution passed at the 1974 convention of the National Council of Teachers of English, these guidelines are based on the assumption that the sexist usage of language aids in arbitrary assignation of roles to both men and women and would be better omitted. Although directed specifically to editors, these guidelines for eliminating sexist language can be useful to all educators who help shape the language patterns and language usage of students and thus can help promote language that opens rather than closes possibilities to women and men. The following general problems in using nonsexist language are discussed, examples are given, and alternatives are suggested: (1) the omission of women as in "the common man" and "businessman" and in the use of the masculine pronoun for the generic singular and indefinite pronoun; (2) the demeaning of women by not treating men and women in a parallel manner and using patronizing or trivializing terms; and (3) sex-role stereotyping such as appears in the sentence "Have your mother send cookies for the field trip." Specific problems of female representation in books or collections of articles discussing professional issues, booklists, teaching units, research, reference books, and journal articles are discussed. (MKM)
Descriptors: Editing, Guidelines, Language, Language Guides, Language Teachers, Language Usage, Publishing Industry, Sex Discrimination, Sex Role, Sex Stereotypes, Writing Skills
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Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.