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Changing attitudes


The language that we use shapes our thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs. These resources can help us become more inclusive in our use of language and hence in our sense of self and community.

Removing bias in language  top^

Appropriate Pronoun Usage

Provides suggestions of alternative approaches for ending the exclusion of women that results from the pervasive use of masculine pronouns.
Purdue OWL, linked 08/16

Avoiding Heterosexual Bias in Language

A summary of sources of heterosexual bias, with examples of specific problematic terms and alternatives.
American Psychological Association, linked 08/16

Examples of Gender-Sensitive Language

Specific examples of gender-biased terminology and bias-free alternatives, organized by occupational references, role references, group references, and other stereotypes.
Compiled by Service-Growth Consultants Inc. (May 2003), linked 08/16 of Gender-Sensitive

Guidelines for Gender-Fair Use of Language

An excellent overview of the issues of making English gender-fair, with specific examples of problems and substitutes.
National Council of Teachers of English, linked 08/16

Guidelines for Non-Handicapping Language in APA Journals

A summary of language usage that can express negative and disparaging attitudes towards persons with disabilities. In addition to clarifying that the word "disability" should be used to refer to an attribute of a person and "handicap" to the source of limitations, specific examples are given of problematic terminology and acceptable alternatives.
APA website, linked 08/16

Guidelines for Non-Sexist Use of Language

These guidelines (American Philosophical Association) are designed to foster a deeper appreciation of how easily bias slips into our thoughts and theories. Developed in 1986, these are still descriptive and useful examples of problems and modifications possible in our speech.
APA website, linked 08/16

Inclusive Language

An excellent overview of the various issues in making language inclusive, with specific examples.
University of Victoria, linked 08/16

Writing with Non-Sexist Language

Brief excerpts from the classic reference on writing in a gender neutral manner.
From Miller & Swift, The Handbook of Nonsexist Writing, linked 08/16

Writing Without Bias

Guidelines to assist writers in avoiding biased language (gender bias and stereotypes, racial bias, age bias), including a list of gender-neutral terms.
WriteExpress website, Stacie Heaps, linked 08/16

Role of language  top^

Language and Unity

A brief article on the impact of language in shaping our reality.
Dorothy Riddle, Service-Growth Consultants Copyright 2008, linked 08/16 and

Language of Interfaith Conversation, The

Mindful interfaith language expresses our common humanity, builds relationships of respect and trust, and pursues peace.
Scarboro Missions website, By Larry (J.W.) Windland, linked 08/16

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Monday, June 21, 2021