Right now, I’m in the thick of some pretty serious editing. In fact, I’m working on tidying up a feature for issue 1.2. However, in that tidying, I got to noticing something. When constructing a sentence describing the actions or thoughts of some indeterminate person, we hesitate to use gendered pronouns, for fear of appearing biased. Often, this results in using the term “they,” which isn’t actually strictly gramatically correct. So what can we do to be both gramatically correct and relatively non-biased?
The answer that I’m currently adopting is to match the gender of the pronoun to the gender of the writer. So that means male writer, male pronouns; female writer, female pronouns. If we’ve got a lady writer, her example people will also be ladies. By the same token, gentleman writers get gentleman example people.
Fingers crossed, we’ll get a nice mix of gendered pronouns, reflecting the nice mix of writers we feature.