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Political Correctness: Respect Or Overkill?
In business there many occasions where training and other materials are written and presented. In the past, when referring to someone in a certain role, they would be referred to as “him” or “he”. When the attorney reviews a file, “he” must be cognizant of… If the police officer encounters a dangerous situation, “he” should call for back-up… etc.
The folks who create these training materials were not inherently sexist, they simply followed common practice without giving it much thought.
That doesn’t mean using “he” in every situation is not sexist in general and therefore had to be rethought in business and in all professions.
So that leaves us with a huge dynamic that spans generations and also causes additional thought that has to be given to documented materials, apart from the lesson at issue.
The question is this: Is this still necessary? Has it solved anything? Is there a standard accepted practice?
In my own world, I find myself leaning towards simply putting a “she” when I have a need to put a pronoun in my documented materials. Using “she” today pretty much means you cannot go wrong from a diversity aspect and for efficiency sake, using one method for name replacement saves time.
Now we can give equal time and use a standard “he or she” throughout a training course or presentation but that caused extra keystrokes and effort.
Or we can give equal time by alternating between he and she, but now we are spending time in brain work. “Am I using “he” too much?” “What did I use in the last paragraph?” Please, this is just wasted thought.
I’m going to stick to using “she”, thank you very much.
First and foremost, “she” has earned it.
Secondarily, I need to get my project done quickly and efficiently and all my thought needs to be on the subject matter. Am I using “she” for all the wrong reasons? I don’t think so. I’m just pre-thinking, making a decision based on the times and getting my work done with maximum optimization.
Lastly, we must consider the older generations, let’s say folks between 50 – 70 who never had to consider this, have not changed their ways and still uses “he” or “him” in all general situations. Do these guys (haha) need a firm talking to??
Watch George Carlin’s humorous video about political correctness.