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Is there a gender-neutral alternative to workmanlike suitable for use in legal context?

The word "workmanlike" and phrase "workmanlike manner" appear frequently in contract terms, but are obviously gendered. For example: The services will be performed in a professional and workmanlike ...
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How can one include all people in one's written and spoken language irrespective of one's gender identity(s)? [closed]

I am totally in favour of including non-binary folks in my written and spoken speech, though I'm not sure exactly how I go about doing it competently without sounding like I am trying to avoid ...
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What does “mansplaining” mean?

I am trying to prepare myself to going into the international social space. In doing so, I saw the video: Feminist "Mansplaining" Video Goes Wrong and I do not understand something: What is ...
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Heteronormative for nuclear family structure?

Heteronormative is used to refer to a world view that promotes heterosexuality as normal or preferred. It is usually in reference to sexual orientation. Is there a separate word for describing a ...
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A less sexist alternative to 'mansplain'? [closed]

Mansplain is an interesting term that has been added recently to the Oxford, Merriam-Webster, and Cambridge dictionaries. Here is the definition as per Oxford. (of a man) explain (something) to ...
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What does “queer” really mean these days?

Once upon a time, queer simply meant strange*. Then it came to be used as a derogatory term for homosexual (adjective or noun). Later it came to be worn as a badge of honor by the Lesbian/gay ...
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Is there a hidden meaning to the name “Coraline Cake” from the suffragette cook book?

According to NPR, the suffragette movement included politically subversive recipe books. Chicago obstetrician and gynecologist Alice Bunker Stockham, the fifth woman to become a licensed doctor in ...
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Can it ever be acceptable to use singular “they” with a specific referent of known but undisclosed gender?

I am not sure whether these two examples using singular they to refer to a specific, singular referent are acceptable in educated speech: I had a friend in Paris, and they had to visit the doctor for ...
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Is there a term for the combination of sexism and ageism? [closed]

For example, calling Clinton "Grandma" though Trump is older, higher unemployment in Britain of women 50-64 seeking work than men, men seen as desirable at the same age women are seen as desperate, ...
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Proper usage of trans-theory terms [closed]

A question on Philosophy.SE required transgenderism to be defined in order to determine whether the notion conflicted with traditionally defined feminism. In my answer, I quoted an online ...
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Is it appropriate to substitute actor for actress retroactively? [closed]

The Wikipedia entry for actor refers to a style guide that advocates a preference of actor over actress: "When the Observer and the Guardian published their new joint style guide in 2010, it stated ...
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How to refer to males and females in a trans-positive world? [closed]

I have a presentation coming up with a big client. One of the executives I'm presenting to is a transgender person. For context, I'm in sales and marketing - I make TV commercials. In the meeting I ...
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May, Merkel, Lagarde…is there a term for women that govern?

Is there a term that refers to political power held by women? A term that possibly ends with -cracy: word-forming element forming nouns meaning "rule or government by. " The connective -o- has ...
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Is “independent minded woman” a set phrase?

Is the phrase "independent minded woman" a set phrase which is used very frequently compared to an independent minded man or an independent minded person? If so, why? I tried using Google ngrams, but ...
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When was the term “gender essentialism” coined, and when did it come into common usage?

When was the term "gender essentialism" coined, and when did first it come into common usage? I was under the impression that the concept originated though the feminist existentialism work of authors ...
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Gender-specific replacement for fiancée and fiancé

I find that frequently, particularly with the advent of same-sex marriage, fiancée and fiancé are used in a confusing manner. For instance, if a man writes: My fiancé knows all about Java, because... ...
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What do you call a male “charwoman”? [closed]

What is the male counterpart of a charwoman called?
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Is there a term to describe a woman that looks at men purely as objects of sex

The term "pig" is colloquially used to describe a man that looks at women purely as objects of sex. Is there such a term that describes a woman that looks at men purely as objects of sex?
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using “dear ” for men addressing each other [closed]

I think for women addressing each other as "dear" is acceptable..but man-man is that awkard? And also for men to women or vice versa ? Edit I mean speaking and when you call a member of the ...
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What is the history of “partner” being used to refer to boyfriend–girlfriend relationships?

In North America (especially Canada and the United States), the word partner is more and more commonly used to describe someone who would otherwise traditionally have been called a boyfriend or a ...
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How to informally address a mixed gender group of people? [duplicate]

How to informally address a mixed gender group of people in the UK? Any alternative to 'guys' in 'would you guys like to do this and that?'
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What’s a word for someone who does not believe in sexual orientation? [closed]

What do you call a person who does not believe in sexual orientation (other than the word bisexual)?
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“Homosexual” or “Gay and Lesbian”? [closed]

I have faced a problem with my writing which I could really do with some clarification on. My question applies to both British and American English (which is fairly standard on the internet). ...
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What is a non-gendered synonym for “macho”?

In teaching computer science, I often want to mention certain beliefs that would normally be described as "macho", such as "Strong types are for weak minds" (translation: only lousy programmers need a ...
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Generic he, correct or incorrect? [duplicate]

Completely ignoring the sexist aspect of the word, is using "he" as a gender neutral pronoun grammatically correct or incorrect? I'm well aware that using "he" may come off as sexist or politically ...
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Eve-teasing… are such words used only in the country of origin

I was reading a newspaper published in Indonesia and while quoting sexual harassment , the term 'eve-teasing" was repeatedly used. E.g. The Bontang police arrested two residents for eve-teasing, ...
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Asking female employees to come to my room [closed]

I have a few female employees working at my office, and being a manager, I need to text them via Skype or Messenger to come to my room. How can I ask them politely to come? Please come to my room ...
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Alternatives to the expression “poor man's <noun>”

I'm looking for a more politically correct substitute for the expression "poor man's", meaning an inferior improvised or makeshift substitute. Usage examples: "Guncotton is the poor man's TNT" "Poor ...
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Is there a non-transphobic alternative to “he or she”? [duplicate]

For instance, "A politician must be able to think quickly on the spot. He or she must also have no qualms about lying." I know some people who use "they", but as that both sounds and is ungrammatical,...
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Word for a Person Skilled in Handicraft

I'm looking for a term to describe a person who is skilled in handicraft. Specifically, I have a friend who leaves me amazed with every drawing, painting, fimo figure, friendship bracelet, sculpture, ...
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Gigolo is to man as what is to woman?

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language (Fourth Edition) reads: gigolo, n. A man who has a continuing sexual relationship with and receives financial support from a woman. Is ...
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In the sexuality domain, are “heterosexual” and “straight” exact synonyms?

Even though heterosexual and straight are interchangeable in most contexts, there are times when I find myself wanting to distinguish between an attraction to the opposite sex which is exclusive and ...
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Is there a word for “extreme feminism”?

Feminism is defined as Feminism is a collection of movements aimed at defining, establishing, and defending equal political, economic, and social rights for women. in Wikipedia and A social ...
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“Man” is to “womanizer” as “woman” is to what?

What's the feminine version of womanizer?