Assessing Basic Academic Skills in Higher Education: The Texas Approach

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Appendix B
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).

Gender-Specific TermAlternative
Able SeamanTerm 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/actressnone (Note: These terms and
others like them, such as
waiter/waitress, are widely
accepted, but some people
prefer the term actor.)
airline stewardessflight attendant
anchormananchor, anchorperson
authoressauthor
aviatrixaviator, pilot
boatmanboat 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 patrolmanborder guard, border patrol
agent

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