User Christine Letts writes:
In academia, there is currently a movement toward using the feminine pronoun at all times.
I wonder why that is. I came across several examples on papers I read, but the only one I can remember at the moment is a book: Seth Godin's Linchpin. While some might not be comfortable labeling it as part of academia, it suits my point perfectly. Every time he refers to a person, he uses the feminine pronoun.
This strikes me as (sigh) affirmative action. This is as sexist as the reverse, and should be frowned upon by more enlightened English Language users, who should know better.
User Senseful writes the following, potentially identifying affirmative action as the precursor for this trend.
I remember reading somewhere that it was recommended to use the opposite of what most people stereotype the profession as. So, for example, when talking about a chiropractor, you would use "her", and when talking about a secretary, you would use "his".
So, where do you think this trend comes from?