The job of a proofreader is to catch errors — not to improve word flow, sentence construction or writing organization. As such, the work is mostly mechanical, allowing an actual proofreader to be replaced by a properly designed writing software.
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Proofreading is hard. As the last step in turning out a polished piece of writing, though, it’s one activity you can’t skip. That is, unless you’re willing to risk turning in your piece with errors in structure, spelling and mechanics.
Using gender-specific pronouns when a statement can refer just as much to both sexes is one of those writing ticks that tend to irritate a lot of readers. After all, putting a little effort to make your writing gender-neutral should easily fix the problem. In fact, some writing software might even be able to warn you about them.