No more macho language

Mexico’s interior ministry has released a guide to reducing sexist language in government offices of a nation renowned for its machismo.

The Manual for the Non-Sexist Use of Language is a tool to familiarise federal public workers with the use of non-sexist strategies in the Spanish language.

The manual seeks to reduce comments that enforce sexual stereotypes.

It also seeks to avoid referring to women in terms of possession, such as ‘Pedro’s wife’.

The Mexican government acknowledged on International Women’s Day earlier this month that insults and harassment of women remained a problem.

The recommendations came amid concern over a rise in female homicides in Mexico, also called femicides, in which women are particularly targeted for their gender.