"Oh no! Am I saying the wrong thing? I don't want to be sexist!", I hear you say.
Well, don't worry, this article is written to help you understand which words you can use to be gender inclusive in your writing and conversation. Of course, not everybody uses 'gender neutral' language, including myself. I often start my lessons saying 'Hi, guys! How are you doing?' I use the word 'guys' (ребята) to address any group of people, be that men and women, boys or girls. But some people would criticise me for using a masculine word to address a mixed audience.
I could say 'ladies and gentlemen', but that is too formal. So, a more 'gender neutral' approach, would be to simply say, 'Hi, everyone!'
Perhaps the world is going mad, but that is for you to decide. There certainly is some logic in the madness, I think. JOB TITLES
Firstly, professions. There are many stereotypes surrounding different jobs.
- A stereotype is a simple idea that many people believe about a large group of people that is not true for everyone in that group.
Gender neutral language in this sphere is actually very important, because it acknowledges that there are men and women in all spheres of work now, even spheres that were traditionally considered to be 'male' or 'female'.
Check out the modern alternatives to these traditional job titles: