Inclusive Language Quoting from Biased Sources
posted by kathy on .
The employee guide indicated that men could add their spouses to their health care plan.
Should it state that
The employee guide indicated that employees could add their spouses to their health care plan.
I am confused on quoting bias sources I was always told you had to quote exactily what was said. This is for business communications I understand basically all except the part of quoting bias souces. If i need to change this please tell why i change a quote and if i changed it correct. thank you
You are right. If you change it, you are no longer quoting your source.
However, there is a cultural tendency to use "men" to refer "humans." For example, it is more common to talk about "policemen" rather than "police officers," even though a significant number of officers are women.
Older employee guides might not have this gender bias changed. If you are modifying the statement, do not use quote marks, unless you clearly indicate that you are quoting yourself.
This site might clarify things.
I hope this helps. Thanks for asking.
A quote? Where are the quotes. If one were quoting, it would be...
The employee guide indicated "that men could add their spouses to their health care plan "..... and you could do this...The employee guide indicated "that men (sic) could add their spouses to their health care plan".
However, the word "indicated" tells me it is not a quote. Example: The Bible indicates that we should avoid evil, and turn to good. However, the Bible says "Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart".
There is a big difference between indicates, and the actual quote. It is permissible to use (sic) in a quote to indicate an error, but is written as indicated.
The law from the 1800s mandated that men could buy alcohol and cigarettes only from a state store.
Is this sentence correct? The law from the 1800s mandated that men could buy alcohol and cigarettes only from a state store.