I work for a department in a bank that deals with a lot of written customer correspondence. I sometimes receive letters that start:
This infuriates me every time, without fail.
I hate this because it implies one of two things: 1. only men work at banks or, 2. only men should work at banks.
What do you think about gendered language? Specifically, the American tradition of defaulting everything to male? “He” and “man” are supposed to be the general descriptors; do you think this is sexist, right on, or irrelevant?