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ERIC Number: ED430227
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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Gender Equity and the State of the Union.
Soles, Derek
This paper contends that anyone who teaches English or who wants to write or publish must be sensitive to the issue of gender equity in language, whether in the use of police officers, not policemen, flight attendants, not stewardesses, or the exclusive use of the masculine pronoun, which was the standard years ago. Writers can avoid gender bias by making a gender-neutral noun plural which allows for the use of the plural pronoun which is gender neutral. The use of "they" or "their" as singular pronouns which refer to an indefinite pronoun is becoming widespread and acceptable, even though indefinite pronouns are singular. Some grammarians suggest writers revise any sentence which uses a gender-specific pronoun, in such a way that the pronoun is eliminated altogether. English educators must decide if, in the interests of redressing a historical imbalance, they should follow President Clinton's lead--he recently used the feminine pronoun alone in his State of the Union speech--and advocate the use of the feminine pronoun alone in reference to a gender-neutral noun. Contains 5 references. (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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