The use of gender-neutral language has been debated for at least fifty years. In most Romance languages, a binary system of feminine and masculine gender marks is used for nouns, adjectives, pronouns, determiners, and demonstratives. When referring to a group of more than one gender, or if gender is unknown, the rule is to use the masculine as the generic form. Over those fifty years, proposals have been presented to avoid the generic use of the masculine construction in contexts in which making both women and non-binary individuals more visible is relevant.
August 9, 2022