Dissertation Writing Tips: Use Gender Neutral Language

A recognized feature of good modern writing is the use of gender neutral language. This means avoiding the use of male terms when the person about whom you are writing could just as easily be a woman as a man. The use of ‘he’ when referring to judges, lawyers, students or any group of people is seen as reinforcing gender stereotyping of certain groups. The old convention that the term ‘he’ also included ‘she’ is no longer regarded as acceptable in many quarters.

The use of a plural rather than a singular will often enable the gender neutral personal pronoun ‘their’ to be used. So: Lawyers are products of their background. is preferable to A lawyer is the product of his background. But it is increasingly common (and The Oxford Guide to the English Language reports the usage as going back five centuries!) for the plural pronoun to be used since English has no singular pronoun to denote common gender. This can produce inelegant sentences. So, some would regard A lawyer is the product of their background as odd. In this case using ‘lawyers’ in the plural avoids the inelegant language. A further alternative would be A lawyer is the product of his or her background.

This usage is unwieldy if repeated too often, but its occasional use can be effective in showing the reader that the writer is aware that lawyers are just as likely to be women as men. Obviously, there will be occasions where the use of the singular pronoun is appropriate: Everyone in the women’s movement has had her own experience of sex discrimination. When creating examples to illustrate your argument, think whether all your examples from a particular group are men or women. A good piece of writing will reflect a growing concern with gender equality at all levels of our lives.

Overview – Dissertation Proposals

The best way to tackle any large, overwhelming problem, such as writing a dissertation, is to break it down into smaller, more manageable tasks. If those tasks are still too large, then break them down into still smaller tasks. This section gives you a general first-level breakdown for the entire project of writing your dissertation. It outlines the major steps you must take. Continue reading “Overview – Dissertation Proposals”

Sample Dissertation Writing

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Dissertations Guide

Dissertations Guide is created to assist and help graduate students with their doctoral dissertations, digital dissertations, PhD dissertations and marketing dissertations online and provide free dissertations consultation. We help students in thinking through the many aspects of crafting, implementing and defending dissertations . This site is created to direct and assist students towards a focused help. Continue reading “Dissertations Guide”

All Dissertations Not Created Equal

For many graduate students, completion of the dissertation requirement is the single greatest stumbling block to getting their degrees. Why do so many students have difficulties completing the dissertation? Because writing a dissertation is hard, labor intensive work. Few students receive sufficient preparation and training for projects of this magnitude. This goes beyond the need for tremendous self-discipline and time management skills. So it is that students often find themselves with nowhere to turn, often eventually just giving up. Continue reading “All Dissertations Not Created Equal”

Thesis Writing

The first part of writing a thesis should begin with the outline including chapter headings, sub-headings, and charts/graphs. Let this outline be a guide to writing the thesis. Once it is broken down into different headings and sub-headings it will not seem such a massive job. The outline also helps in organization. A word to the wise is to have the outline and all work on the thesis to be on back-up files. If for some reason the original disk malfunctioned, all of the work would not be lost. Continue reading “Thesis Writing”