Okay…this is going to be a rant, but it’s something that irks me horribly! I’m all for being politically correct. Women are entitled to their rights just as well as any man is entitled to his. That is not the point of this complaint. What I want to address is the usage of “she/her/hers” in reference to some general person. Perhaps an example would make my point more clear: e.g. The writer must keep her audience in mind while she writes. A few decades ago, had I encountered that same thought in print, it would have read like this: The writer must keep his audience in mind while he writes. I assume the use of the masculine pronouns “his” and “he” was to remain consistent with the acceptable practice of using “he/him/his” to refer to the indefinite pronouns such as “anyone,” “someone,” “somebody,” and so on. All in all, the sentence seems just fine to me, and there isn’t much to complain about. I’ll concede that a writer doesn’t necessarily have to be a man, but the sentence isn’t making a political statement about gender; it’s manifest purpose is to convey some idea - namely, that a writer must bear the interest of the audience in mind. Then comes along the movement to include “she” in reference to the indefinite pronouns. That’s all fine and dandy, because the pronouns are indefinite; they could therefore refer to anyone, and that anyone could perchance be of the feminine gender. Therefore, let’s say that “someone” should be replaced by “he or she/him or her/his or her.” Those constructions don’t normally cause too much headache, for they usually fit into a sentence rather easily. Now we have gone one step further, however, and have started to make all non-specific references to people feminine, completely forgetting about the masculine possibility. Now a writer is automatically assumed to be feminine, regardless of the fact that men can just as well write an article as women. I see it as a weak attempt at trying to make up for centuries of ungratification towards women by a masculine society, but why do today’s women need to be compensated for the mistakes of society’s forebears? No reason exists why people today need to rectify that mishap, yet it seems that many people have taken on that task. It irks me horribly. I wouldn’t mind this change so much perhaps, if the change of the masculine pronoun to feminine weren’t so obvious. But when I’m reading along and something simple such a pronoun jumps out at me like that - so as to make me write a quasi-essay on it! - I believe something is awry. It’s a pronoun for Christ’s sake!! I’ve also encountered times when subjects have changed gender in the opposite manner as well - albeit much less commonly. Nurses have become men as have receptionists. What’s so wrong with sticking with time-honored and well-worn gender associations for the sake of clarity? What difference does it make if a nurse is a man or a writer a woman? If it’s not of paramount importance, my vote is to let things remain the way they are. I don’t normally advocate for the status quo, but this is one time that I’m doing just that! Rant complete.