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The idea behind this seems not to be some exercise in telling people off for having a willy, but just recognising that if the reader is one gender then there has been a measurable bias against applicants whose language is gendered opposite. If the reader is a man then they are more likely to view other men favourably and likewise with women.

It's right there on the page:
"Research has studied this effect in job ads. It found that people were less likely to respond to ads that had words biased in favour of the opposite gender."
(, Wed 7 Mar 2018, 12:56, Reply)
This is a normal post It's true.
I've been put off applying for jobs as a wet nurse because of their gender bias language.
(, Wed 7 Mar 2018, 13:02, Reply)
This is a normal post Really? You read the words they say will put of people applying and saw nothing wrong?
It's bloody insulting to both men and women.
(, Wed 7 Mar 2018, 13:13, Reply)
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Gendered words in this context refers to words more likely to be used by a man or a woman, so for example men are more likely to describe themselves in a job application as "independent" whilst women are more likely to describe themselves as compassionate. Even if an application has the applicant's gender hidden from the reader, the language can subconsciously (or consciously) indicate to the reader what gender the applicant is, and bias then in favour or against.

It's not insulting, dangerous, stupid, or any of the other daft shit people have been posting. It's an effect that has been measured by analysing responses to thousands of applications.

But we like to have a laugh here and I'm getting too soapboxy, so boobs, poop and B===D~
(, Wed 7 Mar 2018, 23:00, Reply)
This is a normal post It does read as insulting,
but I think the thing to feel insulted about is the distribution of those words that already exists in job ads, not the way this webpage is using them. That's that the research they link to identifies.

I also thought this was really stupid when I saw the link, but the site and the research aren't making claims that certain words are more manly or feminine than others- they're making a claim about the way using those words in a job ad might contain hidden presuppositions about the gender of the ideal candidate, which people actually respond to knowingly or unknowingly.

www.fortefoundation.org/site/DocServer/gendered_wording_JPSP.pdf?docID=16121
(, Thu 8 Mar 2018, 0:15, Reply)