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Correct and Preferred Usage

Roxanne K. Young

Sex refers to the biological characteristics of males and females. Gender includes more than sex and serves as a cultural indicator of a person’s personal and social identity. An important consideration when referring to sex is the level of specificity required: specify sex when it is relevant. Choose sex-neutral terms that avoid bias, suit the material under discussion, and do not intrude on the reader’s attention. See also , Age and Sex Referents. Note: Use man or men when referring to a specific man or group of men, woman or women when referring to a specific woman or a group

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