Inclusive language, why ?

Language is a powerful vehicle of ideas and representations, and as such, can highlight, accentuate, or befog certain characteristics of the world [1]. In the androcentric context of our societies, language – in its use and structure – biases our perception of the world, most often to the disadvantage of women, or for that matter, any person that does not identify as being a man [2]. Different language strategies have therefore been suggested to promote more neutral forms of language, echoing the growing need for more equal treatment for all. 

The present pages are therefore intended for those who wish to adopt a more inclusive and non-sexist way of communicating. Although the present pages do not exhaustively cover all issues pertaining to non-sexist language, it covers four of the most important. A principle that may guide your search for non-sexist language is the following: when possible, and when it is not relevant, please try to avoid any explicit mention of gender.