Gender-sensitive language

Language is the most important means of human communication. It should address all people and thereby be as fair and precise as possible.

Gender-sensitive language refers to a language use that focuses on gender equality (and equality of gender identity).

The German language would mostly use the so-called generic masculine, regardless of the referencing group. Generic masculine means to use the masculine form for female or mixed-gender groups. Today it is vital, to consider all gender identities and thus consistently use gender-sensitive language.

The practical implementation can have many aspects. It is paramount to switch to gender-sensitive forms like the German “Studierende“ or “Beschäftigte“. In other cases a so-called gender star, an asterisk between the masculine and the feminine ending can be used, e.g. “Professor*innen“ or “Mitarbeiter*innen“. The gender star includes all gender identities.

Only gender-sensitive language enables the respectful address of all people regardless of their gender or their gender identity.