Every person is different.
Talysa Sainz, a freelance editor, presented “Inclusive Language,” a session at ACES 2021 Online. The goal of this session was to inform people about language that could be harmful or exclusive, and how to edit with language that is mindful to all kinds of people.
Sainz was inspired to address this topic by her own desire to be included in inclusive language.
“I’m a Hispanic, neurodivergent female with chronic illness and mental illness. I am one of the people who needs this inclusive language," Sainz said.
The goal of inclusive language is to avoid the use of certain words or expressions that exclude particular groups of people. Anyone can be excluded through language, however inclusive language typically pertains to underrepresented groups such as racial minorities or the LGBTQ+ community.
Examples of inclusive language include the following: instead of using “wife/husband," use the term “partner." Instead of using the term “mankind,” say “humankind.”
“It can be difficult at first, and it’s okay to not be perfect at it. But actively trying to use inclusive language is worth it,” Sainz said.
Registered conference attendees can click here to see this session until July 31, 2021.