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Some verbal hygiene focuses today are very public and well-known, like the use of gender-neutral pronouns, for example, or inclusivity when we talk about sex to include terminology that accounts for homosexual or transexual experiences as well as heterosexual ones. It is argued that that languages can sustain covert sexism, often cultural hangovers from a time when patriarchy was more powerful, or at least less challenged, than it is now for example there is no true male equivalent of the word “spinster”, an unmarried older woman. There is the word “bachelor”, but it again does not carry the negative connotations that spinster traditionally has. Do you think there is need to have a gender neural language ?

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