The UVic Writer's Guide

A Note On Word Order and Gender

Excluding the expression "ladies and gentlemen," women are traditionally given second place in a verbal phenomenon linguists call marked pairs. Men usually precede women in expressions such as "men and women," "his and hers," "him and her," etc.

In your writing, try alternating "women and men," "hers and his," "her and him."

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