Google Introduces New Feature To Encourage Gender-Neutral Language
The Google Docs addition will offer users more inclusive alternatives.
After updating its internal style guide in 2020, Google recently announced that it will double down on its efforts to encourage users to use gender-neutral language.
The tech giant hopes to fight sexist bias within language by targeting the “generic masculine,” offering non-gendered alternatives to avoid any potential offense. Those writing words such as “chairman” or “policeman” in a Google Doc will soon be given options such as “chairperson” or “police officer,” forgoing “unnecessarily gendered language” entirely.
Google also added that it would introduce other stylistic suggestions, such as avoiding the passive voice or “offensive language,” however the company did not define what would be considered “offensive.”
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