What do you understand by the term "non-sexist language" in a business context?What do you understand by the term "non-sexist language" in a business context? I am doing an MBA.

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justaguide | College Teacher | (Level 2) Distinguished Educator

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I think in many cases the use of the female pronoun seems to work out as an easy way to circumvent the problem. For example, if you are referring to a person at the top rung of the corporate hierarchy and aren't really concerned with whether s/he is a woman or a man, use the pronoun "she," it works well enough. There doesn't seem to be much of a problem from men when they read it and women cannot complain.

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It is important not to offend customers or employees.  People are very sensitive about language.  The problem is that the English language lacks a neutral pronoun.  There is no way to say "he or she" and mean either male or female.  Most languages have a neutral pronoun that serves either equally.  It is awkward to say "he or she" or "he/she" and people sometimes get offended when we use "he" because it is considered sexist.

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Post number 2 has provided an excellent answer. The use of non-sexist language is important in not only the business world but in all types of written transactions.  I really struggle with the pronouns myself when writing and have to really go back and check them.

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Non-sexist language is something that has become relatively important here in the United States in the last few decades.  To use non-sexist language, one must choose words that do not imply that men are better than women.  You might also say that one must also not use language that implies that men are the dominant sex.  Many aspects of the English language can be seen as sexist.

For example, when we use a generic pronoun, we tend to use the word "he."  So we might say, "when a person gets an MBA, he becomes..."  We do not mean that the person must be a man, but we use the pronoun "he."  This implies that the normal person is a man.  (Note how I used the word "one" above.  That would count as non-sexist language.)

For a second example, we tend to use the titles "Miss" and "Mrs." when referring to women.  This can be seen as sexist because it implies that it is important to know if a woman is married whereas it is not important to know if a man is (he is always just "Mr.").  This might imply that we must know whether a woman is or is not someone else's "property."

Please follow the link below to see a long paper on this subject.

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Non-sexist language is something that has become relatively important here in the United States in the last few decades.  To use non-sexist language, one must choose words that do not imply that men are better than women.  You might also say that one must also not use language that implies that men are the dominant sex.  Many aspects of the English language can be seen as sexist.

For example, when we use a generic pronoun, we tend to use the word "he."  So we might say, "when a person gets an MBA, he becomes..."  We do not mean that the person must be a man, but we use the pronoun "he."  This implies that the normal person is a man.  (Note how I used the word "one" above.  That would count as non-sexist language.)

For a second example, we tend to use the titles "Miss" and "Mrs." when referring to women.  This can be seen as sexist because it implies that it is important to know if a woman is married whereas it is not important to know if a man is (he is always just "Mr.").  This might imply that we must know whether a woman is or is not someone else's "property."

Please follow the link below to see a long paper on this subject.

thanks for excellent reply, by oversight I have clicked / rated POOR, now its not allowing to modify.......Really its Excellent rated.

Once again thank u.

msudhakar9

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