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Tip 8: Sexually-biased Pronouns

How often do you use ‘his’? ‘her’? ‘his/her’? ‘he or she’?

According to the Handbook of Technical Writing (eighth edition), bias “can creep into your writing by the unthinking use of male or female pronouns where a reference could apply equally to a man or a woman” (Alred 50).

Don’t say . . .
“Every engineer will receive his paycheck after lunch.”
Instead, say . . .
“All engineers will receive their paychecks after lunch.”

Don’t say . . .
“Everyone must email her report by September 2nd.”
Instead, say . . .
“Everyone must email a report by September 2nd.”

Consider your audience, and ensure that no one is left out in your writing!