Someone may join the Marines to serve our country but then realize that the leadership training
is what will change his life forever.
L-9c Editing Out Sexist Language
EXERCISE 1 / Editing Out Sexist Language. Edit the following sentences to eliminate any
SEXIST LANGUAGE. Write not sexist after any sentence that contains appropriate sex or gender
references. Answers to even-numbered items can be found at the back of the book.
1. In general, a nurse values her role in the healing process.
2. Seeing someone regain his smile again after a few days in the hospital satisfies a nurse’s
need for positive feedback.
3. A policeman’s job often consists of long stretches of tedium interrupted by brief periods of
4. Health-care workers today explain to a person who tests positive for HIV that he has a much
better chance for long-term survival than an HIV-positive person did in the 1980s.
5. Many news reports saw the first responders on 9/11 as a brotherhood of rescue workers.
6. Before applying to the Air Force Academy, a student should ask himself if he is prepared
mentally and physically to meet the demands of the school and of service to his country.
7. Esther Duflo, a French economist currently teaching at MIT, won the 2002 Elaine Bennett
Research Prize, which is awarded by the American Economic Association to a woman
economist under the age of forty.
8. Jared Flood is a male knitter and knitwear designer who writes the blog Brooklyn Tweed.
9. Psychologists claim that at times a baby studies his parents’ mouths to learn how to make a
sound that is new to him.
10. As you are doing in this exercise, a feminist tries to eliminate sexist terms from her speaking
Name: _____________________________________________________ Class/section: ________________________________