Do not use ‘he’ to refer to unknown people
Using ‘man’ to mean all people collectively propagates the invisibility and omission of women; using ‘he’ to represent any given individual does the same.
Avoid using ‘he’ when referring to the generic experience of all people as this removes women from the common experience.
The responsible citizen will report anything suspicious he sees to the police.
The responsible citizen will report anything suspicious he or she sees to the police.
Each applicant must submit his resumé.
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Each applicant must submit his or her resumé.
Tip: Some people have begun to use gender-neutral pronouns in place of traditional gender pronouns. One example of this is ‘ze’. E.g. Ze, Hir, Hirs. Hirself E.g. ‘Ze does hir homework hirself’. This can be a way of including people of non-binary gender in the discussion.