Teaching effective writing in the social sciences includes teaching recognition of sexist language. The development and teaching uses of the Gender-Specific Language Scale (GSLS), an instrument designed to assess recognition of sexist language, are described. Three experiments with predominantly European-American male and female students provide support for the reliability and validity of the GSLS, and suggest that it measures a different construct than an essay questionnaire used in previous studies of sexist language. Implications for teaching are discussed.
McMinn, Mark R.; Williams, Paul E.; and McMinn, Lisa Graham, "Assessing Recognition of Sexist Language: Development and Use of the Gender-Specific Language Scale" (1994). Faculty Publications - Grad School of Clinical Psychology. 322.