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Nonsexist use of language in scientific and technical writing

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Billingsley, Patricia A. ; Navy Personnel Research and Development Center, San Diego, CA 92152 ; Johnson, Neil A.

Linguistic sexism is being confronted with increasing awareness by people who recognize its political and social implications. There are viable alternative words and phrases that can be substituted for those that tend to misrepresent or stereotype either sex. This article points out where changes need to be initiated and offers reasonable substitute wording that does not become clumsy or ridiculous. Such usage is especially important in scientific and technical writing where objectivity, accuracy, and attention to detail are critical. References are included along with a supplementary reading list and an appendix that describes a genderist rating scheme for written and oral communication.

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Professional Communication, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:PC-22 ,  Issue: 4 )

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Dec. 1979

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