RE: Gender equitable/free/neutral

From: John Meyer (
Date: Wed Jun 30 1999 - 13:55:12 EDT

Hi Gerry Yokota-Murakami, you wrote on 6/29/99 5:54:46 PM:

>Dear Friends,
>What would be our best source to clarify the difference between the
>terms gender free, gender neutral, and gender equitable=3F Here in Japan,
>gender free is used to mean gender equitable. I personally prefer the
>word gender equitable because I think it's clearer, but when someone
>says gender free, I have always understood them to mean gender
>equitable. The only place I recall ever hearing the term gender neutral
>is in discussions of grammar, i.e., about ways to refer to all human
>beings other than the masculine pronouns he/his/him.
>Does anyone besides myself have the feeling that
>(a) the original poster meant gender equitable when she said gender free
>(b) that is indeed the primary meaning of the term gender free

Granted that might be the case, but words have specific meanings, and
gender free and gender equal are two different terms.

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