Letter: A Matter Of Language

I receive your informative paper, and I enjoy it immensely. I'd enjoy it even more, however, if your reporters and advertisers would use inclusive language. An example is found in the article "Fossil Record Aids In Predictions Of Global Warming's Consequences" (The Scientist, May 14, page 5). Included in the text is the term "congressmen." Were any Congress members who were female consulted, or does this actually refer to only males? An ad on page 11 speaks of sending man to the stars. Do the

Jean Richards
Jul 22, 1990

I receive your informative paper, and I enjoy it immensely. I'd enjoy it even more, however, if your reporters and advertisers would use inclusive language.

An example is found in the article "Fossil Record Aids In Predictions Of Global Warming's Consequences" (The Scientist, May 14, page 5). Included in the text is the term "congressmen." Were any Congress members who were female consulted, or does this actually refer to only males?

An ad on page 11 speaks of sending man to the stars. Do they know that some of the humans have been women, also?

I believe language does matter. It shapes our reality.

JEAN RICHARDS
Salinas, Calif.

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