Re-gendering means adding gender markers to words which are neutral and could describe persons of different sexes. This guide recommends that you avoid re-gendering neutral words (especially those which are more vulnerable to re-gendering because they are perceived, for one reason or another, as feminine). Therefore, not

Exemple inadequat Male nurses constitute 35% of this year’s nursing graduates.


Exemple correcte Men constitute 35% of this year’s nursing graduates.

Where it is necessary to show that a group includes both men and women, use distributive expressions.

Exemple correcte The survey obtained similar results among both male and female students.

Avoid the suffix -ess and never use the prefix she- or the formula lady + job title. Therefore manager and not manageress, she-mayor or lady-mayor.
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Recommended citation:
«Re-gendering» [en línia]. A: Criteris de la Universitat de Barcelona (CUB). Style Guide. Barcelona: Universitat de Barcelona. Serveis Lingüístics. <> [consulta: 18 gener 2022].