You're not wrong, you're just a woman and wouldn't understand these things - ouch, stop hitting me Emma! Mods, She's hitting me If you mean the language - i.e. English, then yes, of course there's sexism in it —> or probably more importantly, there used to be. I'm not sure that manhole is really sexist anymore, it's just a word to which we've grown accustomed. There are other time-honoured words which probably should be left. But yes, get rid of "manned" and replace it with "staffed", and similar indications of a mental image that a man is needed in certain situations, or if we really want to overcome sexist language let's campaign for a real English neutral third-person human-specific-pronoun and it's relatives and get rid of the he/she ~ his/her ~ himself/herself kerfuffle when what we really want to say is "a person" ~ "that person's" and an on-sight appreciably-singular version of "their". Mod Edit: These posts are being pulled from another thread in the English Only forum about use of the expression "Man on the Street." The thread started turning into an interesting discussion about "sexism" in lanauge, in particular the use of the word "girl." Questions: Does sexism still exist in language and is it more of a practice of culture than language in and of itself? Are you offended by this? If so, kindly give examples. Since emma42 and suzi br started this part of the discussion, I'll let them add their questions as they may. There you go. Discuss.