March 1976: More Examples of Sexist and Nonsexist Alternatives
Sexist: Running for Student Council president are Bill Smith, a straight-A sophomore and Kathie Ryan, a pert junior.
Alternative: Running for Student Council president are Bill Smith, a straight-A sophomore, and newspaper editor Kathie Ryan, a junior.
Sexist: Senator Percy and Mrs. Chisholm
Alternative: Charles Percy and Shirley Chisholm or Mr. Percy and Mrs. Chisholm or Senator Percy and Representative Chisholm.
Sexist: girl Friday
Sexist: I’ll have my girl do it
Alternative: I’ll have my secretary do it.
Sexist: career girl
Alternative: Name the woman’s profession, e.g., attorney Ellen Smith
Alternative: “women” unless paired with “gentlemen.”
Sexist: authoress, poetess
Alternative: author, poet
Sexist: man-sized job
Alternative: big or enormous job
Sexist: old wives’ tale
Alternative: superstitious belief, story or idea
Title: “For the Members.” Prepared by Headquarters Staff of NCTE. English Journal (March 1976), pp. 23-26.
Next blog: And still more examples of sexist and nonsexist expressions.