Sexist English Language Essay
That sentence looks and sounds peculiar. There's really nothing grammatically wrong with it, but its use of the verb "man" gives it a masculine sense that strongly contradicts the fact that the person in the photo is a woman. English verbs don't have gender, of course, but the verb "man," which means "to serve in some entity or oversee an operation," has an obvious built-in male bias, and English happens not to have a feminine equivalent for it. A woman can't woman a fruit stall, but …show more content…
On the other hand, current English usage still looks at the major professions as essentially male preserves. When the gender is not specified, a "doctor," "engineer," "architect," "accountant," "dentist," "nutritionist," "biologist," or "scientist" is presumed to be male, and the gender bias invariably shows up in male-specific sentence constructions such as this one: "A good doctor is always true to his noble calling." We can see that it doesn't help that English happens not to have a gender-neutral, singular pronoun for people in general. Still, such sentences can usually be made gender-neutral by simply making the noun plurala process that also conveniently does away with the pesky male pronoun "his": "Good doctors are always true to their noble calling."
There will be times, though, when the noun in a gender-biased sentence cannot be changed to its plural form without