Language, Gender, and Professional Writing

Theoretical Approaches and Guidelines for Nonsexist Usage

  • Authors: Francine Wattman Frank, Paula A. Treichler, with others
  • Pages: viii & 341 pp.
  • Published: 1989
  • ISBN: 9780873521796 (Paperback)
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“This unique book, which represents the best scholarship in the field and provides the most detailed analytical guide to nonsexist usage to date, is recommended to scholars, teachers, and students in all disciplines.”


“Although many existing guidelines for nonsexist language provide alternatives for authors, few match the sophistication of this book in addressing the problems in attempting to rid scholarly writing of sexist expression.”

Book Research Quarterly

“Frank and Treichler have dealt admirably with a complex subject. . . .  Their explanations of why certain language is biased, their suggestions for rewordings that do not distort the content or style, and their argument that such changes are in the spirit of academic freedom rather than in violation of it are lucid and reasonable.”

South Central Review

A landmark book on language and sexism, Language, Gender, and Professional Writing explores biased usage in depth—its origins, its effect, the related controversies—and provides sensible and sensitive guidelines for nondiscriminatory speech and writing. Designed for scholars, teachers, students, professionals, and readers concerned with language, this book demonstrates the importance and value of avoiding biased language and stimulates its readers to think of language as a rich resource offering many alternatives to objectionable usage.