The languages we speak and write in seems inherently biased. For example, to refer to a group of men, there are plenty of words to choose from: lads, gentleman, chaps... etc. The case is similar for women.
What if you want to refer to everyone, without using "everyone"? This may sound like a rhetorical question, but nine times out of ten, I find the alternative people use to do so is "guys". For me, "guys" is another word for referring to a group of men, so when you use that, are you really including everyone?
Speakers of some European languages may argue that by convention, the masculine plural words (like pronouns) are used and meant to refer to everyone in a mixed group. However, I'd beg to differ and claim that it's masculine biasedness and an outdated convention that doesn't seem applicable to the world we live in anymore.
To ensure everyone is truly included, be that in an event or a meeting, what are your alternative choices for referring to a group of people consists of mixed genders?
Some of my favourites (in English) are: y'all, folks, peeps. What are yours?
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