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Eliminate Sexist Writing: Don’t Assume

In our continuing series of solutions to sexist writing (and speaking), avoid assumptions, as in the following sentence:

Overworked dentists frequently neglect their wives and children.

Perhaps fifty years ago you could have gotten by with that sentence, but today many dentists, as well as doctors, lawyers, veterinarians, firefighters and police officers, are female.

Conversely, many nurses and secretaries are male. It works both ways.

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