Is ‘fishermen’ a sexist and exclusionary term?

789302-20140922_lobster-w3Many words in English can come across as exclusionary. But is “fishermen” one of them? And if not, what’s the alternative? A question came to my desk the other day: “Hello, can I ask a language question? Is it ‘fishermen’ or ‘fishers’? “Fishermen is obviously discriminatory, but fishers seems to be disliked by many within ABC Rural. And fisherpeople is out of the question. As someone who has never fished I feel like I have no authority to decide.” It’s a good question, asked with noble intentions. But one thing made me pause: is “fishermen” an exclusionary term? There’s a line on this that says it isn’t. Read the story here 09:34

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