Writing 104. Inclusive Language Julia McDade, M.S. Ed. Montana State University – Billings Mountain Plains Distance Learning Partnership. The Language We Use. Expresses our ideas Shapes our thinking Reflects our attitudes of culture. What Is Inclusive Language?.
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Julia McDade, M.S. Ed.
Montana State University – Billings
Mountain Plains Distance Learning Partnership
A patient should consult his doctor right away. (Not all patients are men.)
Patients should consult their doctors right away.
Biased: The motivated black students were assigned mentors.
Bias-free: The students were assigned mentors.
Instead of Use
Cancer patients People with cancer
The blind People who are blind
Instead of Use
Confined to a wheelchair Uses a wheelchair
Stroke victim A person who has had a stroke
“ Language usually follows changes in culture, rather than anticipating such changes. A case in point is today’s shift away from sexist language in business and technical writing—indeed in all writing and speaking. The change reflects the increasing number of women entering previously male-dominated professions such as engineering, management, medicine, and law.”