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Sexist language, racist language, theistic language all are typical of the policing languages of mastery, and cannot, do not, permit new knowl- edge or encourage the mutual exchange of ideas.    Toni Morrison JAMA and the Archives Journals avoid the use of language that imparts bias against persons or groups on the basis of sex, race or ethnicity, age, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation. The careful writer avoids generalizations and stereotypes and is specific when choosing words to describe people. Sex refers to the biological characteristics of males and females. Gender includes more than sex and serves as a cultural

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