Reductionist and proud of it.
Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn. Benjamin Franklin
Chase after the truth like all hell and you'll free yourself, even though you never touch its coat tails. Clarence Darrow
A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read. Mark Twain
However, I strongly suspect that a century ago, even the most sincere advocates for equality were not thinking in terms of women taking leading roles in industry, science, politics and so on. If they were, one might wonder why they didn't use more gender-inclusive terms to emphasise their point.
But even if it were only about taking leading roles, you can read the full essay here, and you can see that on the subject of taking leading roles it refers as much to "men and women" and "people" as it does to "a man should...".
I think it is obvious that "a man" is used gender-neutral here.
From http://www.space.com/2322-nasa-space...-reporter.html :
"Tallest astronaut: 6-foot-4 Jim Wetherbee.
Shortest astronaut: 5-foot Nancy Currie.
Best "astro-couple": Robert "Hoot" Gibson and Rhea Seddon. Runners-up: Mark Lee and Jan Davis, who became the first married couple to fly together in space on STS-47 in 1992."
Seeing as how a married couple went into space as part of their work, it would appear there are more important aspects to being an astronaut than sex or height.
Anyway the precedent exists.. I'm sure if resource consumption needed to be cut in order for the mission to succeed they could quite easily restrict the applicants for that mission to only those under X centimeters tall and Y pounds.
I believe the difference crosses the line when one's comments cease being about any semblance of rational thought, and instead devolves into one ridiculous political gyration after another. Where that line is crossed might well be decided between pours of England's finest. I'm not convinced that's the best of arguments, but as I've won 7 of 20 games, I might be late for work... Hang me for bringing my laptop to a tournament!...and what is 'being polite'? Where do you draw the line? I agree everyone should be civil and respectful of each other, but one person's 'lie of political correctness' is another's example of respect. Perhaps there's a specific example you're referring to regarding your OP?
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I had a funny moment last week: a teacher said "Brainstorming, or more politically correctly, Group Think."
I think she mixed up her workplace jargon and she obviously doesn't read science fiction.
'That was tops! Who's not good at math? I was all, "Four!"' - Finn, Adventure Time.