Sex Ed for Legal Writers

Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 81, p. 265, 1993

2 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2008


Gender-biased language distracts readers and listeners from the message being communicated by diverting their attention away from the substance of the message and toward the words that are being used to express it. Such language also risks offending readers, and may even result in the reader receiving an entirely different message from the one intended by the writer. The article discusses problems raised by the use of gender-biased language and presents a list of potential solutions.

Keywords: legal writing, gender-neutral language

JEL Classification: K10

Suggested Citation

Sorkin, David E., Sex Ed for Legal Writers. Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 81, p. 265, 1993, Available at SSRN:

David E. Sorkin (Contact Author)

The John Marshall Law School ( email )

315 South Plymouth Court
Chicago, IL 60604
United States
312-987-2387 (Phone)


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