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'He or She Is a Sexist'

April 05, 1986

Instead of using masculine singular pronouns to stand for two meanings (both masculine and feminine) as in "Anyone who drives without a seat belt takes his life in his hands," why not employ the indefinite pronoun, one , as in "anyone who drives without a seat belt takes one's life in one's hands?"

Though more common in British language usage, the pronoun "one" may be useful in this country to mitigate an inherent sexist bias.

TIMOTHY G. COOPER

Los Angeles

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