One of my pet peeves has to do with equating gendered pronouns with sexism. This issue comes up sometimes in reviews, typically when a grammar Nazi evaluates my empirical work. On one occasion I had such a person get upset with my use of the term “his.” Why, you may ask did I commit such a sin? Because I was, literally and figuratively, talking about a guy, a dude, a male. “His” was entirely appropriate.
On other occasions, however, I’ve had reviewers ask that I change my pronoun usage to avoid “labeling” women. I’m sorry, but if you get upset at gendered pronouns your life is too small and you really haven’t suffered enough.
Look at this page. This comes from a textbook on game theory. Yes, the PC police will pursue you into the depths of game theory hell if you use “sexist” language.”
My hat is off to the author, however, for responding with a sense of humor. I’m sure someone out there is deeply offended.
John Paul Wright and Matt DeLisi
Professors of Crime and Criminology