We can talk about language and sexism till the cows come home.
It is pretty sexist that women are asked to declare their marriage status through honorifics like ‘Miss’,‘Mrs’ and ‘Ms’, while ‘Mr’ has no such implication.
Think of how many professions take the ‘man’ suffix (policeman, spokesman, firemen).
Then there’s air hostesses and male nurses, woman MPs, woman drivers, all which either sex can do and doesn’t need to be made gender-centric.
Why is male always the default setting?
In French, even if a group of women includes one man, the gender is still masculine.
In German, a young girl is given no gender, while a turnip is denoted as female.
Now that there are more than 63 genders, Mx, Ind, M, Mre, Msr, Myr, Pr, Sai, Ser or Misc being some of them, we need to be especially mindful of how we refer to people.
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