Fighting Words

September 30, 2009 § Leave a comment

Your ProblemWe receive assignments in Magazine Editing that are basically pages of poorly written articles that need to be corrected, and we get points taken off for each mistake that we miss. Grammar mistakes are generally worth 2-3 points, and misspellings are worth 5. If we fail to rectify sexist language, however, that’s –10.

Sexist language is considered using a gendered pronoun to describe something that is not specific to one gender. For example,”A pilot must always wear his helmet” should be corrected to “his or her helmet” or “Pilots should always wear their helmets” or something like that. After getting burned on the first assignment, I made sure to check diligently on last week’s test for any signs of such language.

At Sunday’s servant team meeting, we read Luke 6:27-36 in preparation for this week’s Bible study. Verse 29 says:

If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic.

Sexist language, I immediately thought. The Bible is littered with it. Of course, I’m pretty much used to it. But I just wanted to point it out.

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