Words and phrases that demean, ignore, or stereotype members of either sex or that needlessly call attention to gender.
Questions and criticisms of sexist language have emerged because
of a concern that language is a powerful medium through which the world
is both reflected and constructed. . . . Some have claimed that the use
of generics (such as 'mankind' to refer to both men and women)
reinforces a binary that sees the male and masculine as the norm and the
female and feminine as the 'not norm