The idea of writing this letter to you came to my mind while completing an assignment where I stated something starting with “…when men” while referring to a general aspect of human nature.
It struck me, quite weirdly, what some sets of feminists often talk about — how you too have (I do not know intentionally or not, knowingly or unknowingly) given in to patriarchy. It’s sad.
You are a child of language, language that all of humankind (at least we have moved on from “mankind”) uses to communicate thoughts and ideas and feelings. Yet, sometimes, using you puts men on a slightly higher platform than all of the other genders, because words like “guys” while addressing a room full of more than a single gender are casually used.
Also, while I do not want to take names, but in certain languages, a group of both men and women is referred to, in masculine. It’s weird isn’t it?
I’m guilty too. I often go to a group of my girl friends and start my sentences with “okay guys” or “bhai sun na..”
Is it time we become slightly more gender neutral? Time? It is too late already I believe. Anyway, as the old saying goes, “better late than sorry.”
Thoughts that come and go, but shouldn’t go.