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Using inclusive language


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I find it off-putting when people refer to us women as female. This is class is super important. Thank you Ravee 鉂わ笍

The class opened my eyes to a situation I thought impossible about the English language.
I write under my main language context (Spanish) which has serious problems about inclusiveness because of the pronouns used. I thought that the problem doesn鈥檛 belong to English because the pronouns use on it is more generic but the reality is that the context of many cotidian expressions are focused on men.
How important to learn about it and how important to see that the message of inclusiveness isn鈥檛 only a gender topic. It is about age, race, mental and physical conditions too.

In my former job, it was usual to use the man-hour expression. I hated it and hated the fact that I never mentioned my discomfort because I felt that if I said something about it in a meeting or something, people would either ignore me or call me dramatic.

I think that in the example of 鈥淎 disabled person vs. a person who is disabled鈥 is better if we say 鈥渁 person that has difficulties with some activities鈥, because they can be capable of a lot more things.

I highly recommend this book: The Disability Experience. It helped me understand a lot better the inclusive language.

I recently had the moment when I said thanks guys, women where there also, now I now that I could鈥檝e use a different expression

I want to use my right of opinion to say that I don鈥檛 like inclusive language.

This kind of 鈥渓anguage鈥 only promotes discord between people, everyone wants to be told what they want, and it becomes a problem to know how to say something to someone so that they don鈥檛 get offended.

I鈥檝e been to groups where women are part of. I鈥檝e never heard them complaining about the word 鈥済uys鈥. They actually reply and say hello. It would be interesting to know after knowing this topic they way they feel about it.

In my opinion, there are some contexts in which it is better to use the word 鈥榝emale鈥 rather than 鈥榳omen鈥. For example, some non-binary people are female-presenting people. This means that, although they do not necesarily are cisgender women or identify themselves as women, they do use female-presenting clothes or have some female facial or body features that they are confortable with. Nonetheless, for referring to cisgender and trans woman, I agree that it is quite more respectufull, thoughtfull, and accurate to call us 鈥榳oman鈥 instead of female.

demeaning= degradante !

Inclusive language opens up and amplifies the message to more people hence appealing to the wider audience and acceptance. It gives a sense of belonging to everyone addressed. It creates and builds trust.

Ref: Let鈥檚 be real: Inclusive Language Matters Medium Post

I work in a software co-working place. Fortunately, my leaders use tend to use inclusive language most of the time.

Especially if you want to participate in world-class teams, you should use inclusive language. Diversity delivers super powers to any group. It鈥檚 just another reason to start using it.

derogatory = despectivo !

To be honest, I do not feel excluded when someone refers to me inside a group as guys, or by term like man hours instead of human hours. I am well aware this sort of expressions or ways of communication are growing more important every day, jet I do not find them as relevant as others, I mean, some people might get ofended for almost everything regardless the intention of the person whom is speaking, which could have said man hours without any mean intention.
Once I hear about the power of words, and how they grow stronger by the meaning you give to them. For instance, if you get insulted in a language you know not, although you may intuited it by the voice intonation its quite unprovable for you to get mad about it, since you don鈥檛 understand and don鈥檛 let it affect you.


This class is amazing, even to use in spanish

Inclusive language acknowledges diversity, conveys respect to all people, is sensitive to differences, and promotes equal opportunities. 馃

Very nice class . is important to take care of this resources in every conversation .

I am absolutely gratefull for this class. I relate to many of these phrases, and I say a lot of them too, and I never noticed until now. I realize how much impact it has in my life and in others life鈥檚, so now I鈥檒l try to use a more inclusive language.

Thank you, Ravee!!

Sometimes I struggle with the correct term to refer to a person who is blind or deaf so I get pretty nervous each time that I want to know more about them. But I think it鈥檚 whorty and it鈥檚 easier when we remember that we all are persons after all, as you said.

I used to refer to everybody as a 鈥済uys鈥. Now I have better choices to refer to them.

The Foundation I work at, develops a variety of projects and campaigns throughout the year. One of them is called 鈥淔emale Forward鈥. Now I realize that it may not be the most inclusive name. I will suggest my project coordinators to change it and use another word.

Never have I thought about the impact some words would have in English (my second language). Some years ago I was taught that referring to people like elderly is ok. But now I see it鈥檚 ageism. I will use senior instead. And not only that, but other words as well. I think this class is one of the most important in the Platzi English Academy. Thanks. 鈾

I also made that mistake of calling guys at work to a group of coworkers men and women instead of saying folks of people.

I didn鈥檛 know folks is more appropriate than guys

Thank you I understand that with the usage of a different and perhaps not so popular vocabulary we encourage everybody鈥檚 participation

Wao, I have always thought that English is neutral, more than Spanish, because it doesn麓t have lots of articles as: 茅l, ella, eso, esa, etc.

Now, this class has changed my mind. I will try to use the language more carefulness.

This is very important to take into account. I鈥檓 a teacher and I usually call my students 鈥渉ello guys鈥 every morning, from now on I鈥檒l start using other terms.

Thanks for information. Very intersting to know this things to remember!
Inclusive language aims to use language that is respectful and considers all individuals, regardless of their gender, race, ethnicity, ability, or other characteristics. It promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion. Here are some devices and strategies to use inclusive language in English: 1\. \*\*Gender-Inclusive Pronouns:\*\* \- Use gender-neutral pronouns such as "they/them" when the gender of the person is unknown or when referring to individuals who identify outside the traditional gender binary. \*\*Example:\*\* \- \*Alex is bringing their laptop to the meeting.\* 2\. \*\*Avoiding Gendered Titles:\*\* \- Instead of using gender-specific titles like "Mr." or "Mrs.," use gender-neutral alternatives like "Mx." or omit titles altogether when appropriate. \*\*Example:\*\* \- \*Dear Mx. Smith,\* 3\. \*\*Gender-Neutral Job Titles:\*\* \- Use gender-neutral job titles when referring to professions to avoid reinforcing gender stereotypes. \*\*Example:\*\* \- \*The firefighter bravely rescued the family from the burning building.\* 4\. \*\*Using Both Genders:\*\* \- When referring to a group of people, consider using both genders to ensure inclusivity. \*\*Example:\*\* \- \*Each student should bring his or her textbook to class.\* 5\. \*\*Non-Binary and Inclusive Language:\*\* \- Use language that acknowledges and respects non-binary and genderqueer identities. Consider alternatives to gendered terms when appropriate. \*\*Example:\*\* \- \*The actor gave an outstanding performance.\* 6\. \*\*Cultural Sensitivity:\*\* \- Be mindful of cultural diversity and avoid language that may be exclusive or insensitive to different cultural backgrounds. \*\*Example:\*\* \- \*People from various cultural backgrounds attended the event.\* 7\. \*\*Disability-Inclusive Language:\*\* \- Use language that is respectful and person-first when discussing individuals with disabilities. Avoid using language that defines individuals solely by their disability. \*\*Example:\*\* \- \*A person with a visual impairment rather than a visually impaired person.\* 8\. \*\*Age-Inclusive Language:\*\* \- Be mindful of age-related language, avoiding terms that may be patronizing or ageist. \*\*Example:\*\* \- \*Senior citizens or older adults instead of the elderly.\* 9\. \*\*Inclusive Pronouns for LGBTQ+ Individuals:\*\* \- Be aware of and use appropriate pronouns when referring to individuals who identify as LGBTQ+. \*\*Example:\*\* \- \*Jordan is a non-binary individual; they prefer the pronouns they/them.\* 10\. \*\*Avoiding Ableist Language:\*\* \- Be cautious with language that may perpetuate stereotypes or stigmatize individuals with disabilities. \*\*Example:\*\* \- \*Use "accessible parking" instead of "handicapped parking."\* Remember that inclusive language is an ongoing process of learning and adapting to evolving language norms. It involves being respectful, considering the diverse identities and experiences of individuals, and making language choices that promote a sense of belonging for everyone.

I haven鈥檛 considere this topic, it is interesting. For example fo rme guys sound pretty cool, but now I know that in some cases it can be offensive

This class left me thinking a lot, so after reflecting and doing some research I want to explain my point of view, I will do this in Spanish to make it as clear as possible:

Cuando decimos cosas como Todos nos referimos a todos, tanto hombres como mujeres, a esto se le llama masculino generico, por lo que estas palabras no excluyen a las mujeres, si uno quiere ser explicito al quererse referir a los hombre o a las mujeres se dice: 鈥渢odos los hombres鈥 y 鈥渢odas las mujeres鈥 o 鈥渢odas鈥( tambi茅n usando el desdoblamiento se puede dejar explicito 鈥渢odos y todas鈥) esto mismo sucede con palabras como personas, el hombre (refiendose al humano), trabajadores, etc, que se refiere a todos sin excluir, por lo que por default el lenguague incluye a todos. Al forzar las cosas al utilizar palabras como 鈥渉oras humano鈥 por decir que 鈥渉oras hombres鈥 (por poner un ejemplo de muchos) estamos diciendo que 鈥渉oras hombre鈥 es exclusi贸n de la mujer, lo cu谩l nunca ha sido as铆, al intentar cambiar esto hacemos que dichas palabras se谩n cosas que no son, palabras que excluyen y no es as铆. Esto tra茅 problemas al lenguaje porque lo hace que exist谩 exclusi贸n y si forzamos las cosas por hacer que siertos grupos no se sient谩n ofendidos y excluidos (con lo cu谩l pr谩cticamente cambiamos todo el lenguaje en pro de los sentimientos de algunos grupos) lo cu谩l puede llevar a todav铆a m谩s problemas por que habr谩 grupos que alegar谩n exclusi贸n al usar palabras como todos y todas alegando que se utilizen palabras 鈥渋nclusivas鈥 como todes y se han preguntado qu茅 pasar谩 cuando una nueva minor铆a se sienta ofendida y excluida por usar 鈥渢odos鈥, 鈥渢odas鈥 y 鈥渢odes鈥, ahora tendremos que decir 鈥渢odis鈥?. y as铆 hasta que surgan nuevas minorias que se sientan de alguna forma ofendidos y excluidos.

El lenguague tiene sus reglas y en muchos casos no existe ninguna exclusi贸n en sus palabras, adem谩s no estamos cambiando el mundo por cambiar algunas palabras y poniendole e al final de las palabras o tratando de escoger con pinsitas las palabras que usamos para no ofender a algui茅n.
La inclusi贸n se hace con acciones, queremos incluir? aprendamos lenguaje de se帽as, aprendamos braile, demos igualdad de oportunidades sin mirar generos ni la cama de las personas, seamos corteces y aprendamos a decir gracias y porfavor, no sensuremos a las personas que piensen diferente, no aleguemos 鈥渄iscurso de odio鈥 cuando algui茅n opina diferente.


El lenguaje inclusivo

Generaci贸n idiota de Agust铆n Laje.

Umm okey, inclusive lenguages for a better compressi贸n of the people and the world that the people inhabits

Well i have 38, but a baby or at least cute face, all people calls me all 鈥渘i帽o鈥 (kid) in Spanish, even 鈥渘i帽ito鈥. The same than girl could be applied to men. Also if you dont use female, also dont use male, then.

I really enjoyed this lesson. Having worked with a design agency that focuses on inclusivity made me realize how necessary this subject needs to be brought to our conversations.

  • Focus on the person, not their characteristics.
  • Blind person vs. a person who is blind.
  • A woman salesperson vs. a woman on our sales team.
  • Disabled person vs. person who is disabled.
  • Avoid using derogatory terms like crazy, insane, or psycho.
  • Use - a person with mental illness.

A couple of times I鈥檝e had the need to refer a friend of mine that is 鈥渇at鈥, but as the person I was talking with didn鈥檛 know him, the only word that came to mind was 鈥渘otice the fat guy鈥. My friend was the only one like that in that place.
I know there must be a nicer word, but still at this moment I haven鈥檛 found it yet.
Anyways, he doesn鈥檛 take offense by getting referred like that, but it may look disrespectful still.

Using universal phrases

I found this class very interesting and important, we must know and take into account this topic


I find it off-putting when people refer to us women as female. This is class is super important. Thank you Ravee

Wow! How important this class is! Thank you!!!


A person who. Is disable I. Atr谩s os a. Disable pwrson
Changes the meaning

To adapt my respect everybody in the society鈥 For. Many members鈥

Using inclusive lsngusge

Focus on the person not their characteristics

Important linguistic resource鈥 Inclusive language


Why do astronauts use Linux ?
Because they can鈥檛 open Windows in space.


I find it off-putting when people refer to us women as female. This is class is super important. Thank you Ravee

find it off-putting when people refer to us women as female. This is class is super important. Thank

I like today鈥檚 class. I鈥檓 going to start changing my classic 鈥淗ey guys鈥 to 鈥淗ey guys.鈥 . And I think that some phrases are already cultural in society. For example, things like Billie Ellish singing 鈥渂ad guy.鈥 I mean, she鈥檚 referring to herself as him. . What I want to say is that there are some phrases that are cultural. However, I believe that education is stronger than habit and we can change our habits for better ones as long as we continue to educate ourselves.

It鈥檚 very important to know these kind of things but we shouldn鈥檛 be 鈥渁fraid鈥 to use some mistaken phrases sometimes because is very hard to change those 鈥渂ehaviors鈥 very quick but I think it should be put on practice in professional mostly and with people that we don鈥檛 know(in my personal opinion)

hmm鈥uys and folks are not the same thing. Folks can also mean parents or family. If someone asks 鈥淗ow are your folks?鈥 that鈥檚 what they mean.

Nice lesson. I am going to start changing my classic "Hi guys" to "Hi folks". . And I think some phrases are already cultural in the western (Macho) society. For example, things like Billie Ellish singing "bad guy". I mean, she is refering herself as he. . What I want to say is that there are some phrases that are cultural. However, I think education is stronger than habit and we can change our habits for better ones as long as we keep educating ourselves. Nice lesson

Where I live there are people who clean the buildings and I always hear the people say 鈥渢he cleaner鈥. It鈥檚 very common.

I really like the word 鈥済als鈥 or 鈥渓adies鈥 but, now 鈥媖nowing that inclusive language, I鈥檓 going to use more words like 鈥淧eople鈥, 鈥淲omen鈥 and so on.

I think is very important to use these inclusive language tips, because in some cases I used addict to describe a person with substance abuse disorder, and in another case, I鈥檓 using the incorrect 鈥渄escription鈥 to talk about people with mental illness, great councils, thanks Ravee