Most gender problems can be avoided without the use of he/she, he or she, him or her, or him/her constructions. Plural pronouns such as they can be very helpful in this regard.
An occasional he or she is okay, but after a while using the same pronoun becomes distracting.
When a singular pronoun is necessary, use either he or she consistently to avoid confusion.
A variety of words and phrases make demeaning assumptions about genderrelated roles. Substitutes should be reasonable and appropriate. Try not to look as though you are avoiding sexist language.
Table 2.32 contains a list of words to avoid and their alternatives.
|Instead of …||Use …|
|chairman||chairperson or chair|