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Universal respect is gender policy aim

Thursday, September 01, 2016 @ 8:00 PM | By Donalee Moulton

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. The familiar childhood chant is right. And wrong. Words can harm, even when the verbal sticks and stones are unintentional.

The use of gender-neutral language — words, for example, that don’t presume “he” stands for all people — is not just an accepted practice for lawyers, it’s essential, said Tim Perrin, an associate with Watson Goepel LLP in Kelowna, B.C., and author of Better Writing for Lawyers. “If you’re male and you read...