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Include all people in general references by substituting nonsexual or nongender words and phrases for male-biased, exclusionary words. (An excellent reference book is Talking About People: A Guide to Fair and Accurate Language by Rosalie Maggio.)

Refer to women and men equally and keep references consistent.

The word gender and sex have entirely different meanings. Always use the correct word.

Avoid using man or woman as a suffix or prefix. For example, use chair instead of chairman or chairwoman; police officer instead of policeman or policewoman; and business executive instead of businessman or businesswoman.

Use parallel grammar when referring to people by gender ("his or her employer" rather than "his employer").

Grant equal respect to women and men.

Use generic titles or descriptions for both women and men.

Base descriptions on pertinent qualities, not on gender.

Do not use adjectives or nouns that are irrelevant, disrespectful, and/or condescending (shapely, effeminate, lovely, macho, pretty, handsome, husky, tomboy, hunk, babe, etc.).

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