The English language has many words that came into being when men were the only ones who performed work outside the home. As more women entered the workplace, these words became outdated, and many men and women advocate using gender-neutral language to avoid confusion or offense. For example, since both men and women can work for the U.S. Postal Service, it makes more sense to say "mail carrier" or "letter carrier" than "mailman." Since women can work for the police department, police officer is preferable to "policeman." And since more men are working as flight attendants, that term is preferable to "stewardess." By using gender-neutral language, we can eliminate stereotypes about what jobs men stereotypically hold and what jobs are the exclusive domain of women.
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