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Pronoun Puzzles: “He said, She said” in Oregon Legal Documents

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“He said, she said,” by Ian Pisarcik, Legal Publications Attorney Editor

Excerpt: “One of my favorite cartoons depicts a young female student standing next to a tall male teacher. Both are staring at a chalkboard. The chalkboard reads: Stone Age Man, Bronze Age Man, and Iron Age Man. The speech bubble extending from the young girls mouth asks: “Did they have women in those days?”

“Gender-neutral language is achieved by avoiding the use of ‘gendered generics‘ (male or female nouns and pronouns used to refer to both men and women).” This is easier said than done. But so is carrying a tune, and that doesn’t stop nine out of ten I-5 drivers from pulling their lips back and pretending they’re Mick Jagger….” [Link to full OSB Legal Pubs He said/She said blog post.]