--On Saturday, April 08, 2006 2:36 PM -0500 Carrol Cox <[log in to unmask]>
> No you may not because it is no longer the generic term. In (morally and
> politically decent) English of the present "man" refers only to the male
> gender. Its use as a generic term is anachronistic and vulgar.
Just observing actual usage, this seems not to be true, though there is
certainly a movement afoot to make it so, as your finger wagging
exemplifies. However, I think such usages are more deeply rooted and
resonant than political criticisms such as yours credit them for, which is
why they continue, even among decent and moral people.