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Nonsexist Alternative Language: Handbook for Conscious Writers

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Compiled from various sources, noted below. For those who want a complete book, see Casey Miller and Kate Swift's 2nd Edition Handbook of Nonsexist Writing (2001). For 20 quirky English rules, exemplified with humor, see http://tinyurl.com/3xtjd6

“The uncritical use of sexist language may blind us to our having adopted a particular value-laden perspective. Such blindness may systematically distort our theories …” American Psychological Assn.

DON’Ts: DO’s

Ancient man: ancient civilization, ancient people

Authoress: author, writer

Average housewife: average consumer, average household, average homemaker

Average man: average person

Average working man: average wage earner or taxpayer

Aviatrix: aviator

Brotherhood of Man: the human family

Businessman: business executive, business men and women, businesspeople, executives, business community, entrepreneurs, financiers

Calendar girl: model

Call girl: female or male escort, prostitute, sex worker

Cameraman: camera operator

Chairman: Chair, head, committee head, coordinator, moderator, presiding officer

Congressman: Congressional representative, member of Congress, Congressmember

Churchman: cleric, practicing Christian, pillar of the Church

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In 2004, Rady Ananda joined the growing community of citizen journalists. Initially focused on elections, she investigated the 2004 Ohio election, organizing, training and leading several forays into counties to photograph the 2004 ballots. She officially served at three recounts, including the 2004 recount. She also organized and led the team that audited Franklin County Ohio's 2006 election, proving the number of voter signatures did not match official results. Her work appears in three books.

Her blogs also address religious, gender, sexual and racial equality, as well as environmental issues; and are sprinkled with book and film reviews on various topics. She spent most of her working life as a researcher or investigator for private lawyers, and five years as an editor.

She graduated from The Ohio State University's School of Agriculture in December 2003 with a B.S. in Natural Resources.

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