Using Vocabulary Free of Gender Bias
The following list of alternatives to gender-specific terms is intended as a general guide. Explanatory notes indicate where there is disagreement about the more acceptable alternative.
The recommendations are based on preferences expressed by authors and editors at McGraw-Hill Book Co. and on the 1977 edition of the U.S. Department of Labor Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT).
|Able Seaman||Term refers to holder of U.S.|
government certificate and
often cannot be changed. In
some cases a specific designa-
tion such as deckhand or
stevedore may be appropriate.
|actor/actress||none (Note: These terms and|
others like them, such as
waiter/waitress, are widely
accepted, but some people
prefer the term actor.)
|airline stewardess||flight attendant|
|boatman||boat operator (Note: All|
analogous "-man" words,
such as cameraman, brakeman,
and motorman, can be changed
by substituting with operator.
If in doubt, check DOT.)
|border patrolman||border guard, border patrol|