The UVic Writer's Guide

Direct Quotations and Gender

In writing quotations, you may find yourself using a direct quotation which employs the so-called generic man:

"Man is by nature a political animal" (Aristotle).

If you are troubled by the use of the generic term, recast the statement in an indirect quotation or paraphrase.

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