Using 'Man' versus 'She' or 'Her'

Putting to Rest a Difficult Dichotomy

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9/25/18, 5:14 pm EDT

By John Corry, meme created by John Corry

I use ‘Man’ or ‘Mankind’ to describe abstract nouns, as has classically been the case throughout thinking history. (Mankind has always been such and such. Man is an intellectual animal. Time is such that man exists in it.) I use ‘She’ or ‘Her’ to describe abstract pronouns- as has classically been the case throughout thinking history. (Thar’ she blows!! She’s a beaut’, isn’t she? The building is going down, but we can still save her base!)

Why do I have to explain this?

I don’t know.