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to want people to use more appropriate language

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SmudgeButt Sun 17-Nov-19 13:36:26

I expect a lot of people will say it's a silly thing to want. But I've just filled out a survey for Nectar/Sainsburys and was asked if I used a "manned checkout". Well actually I did - as there was a man at the till.

But is there any reason we can't move into the 21st century and use language which implies that only men work??

I'm tired of being talked to about "man hours" and other "manned" situations. I guess I'm the only one that feels excluded/overlooked/made invisible by all of this.

SmudgeButt Sun 17-Nov-19 13:37:15

But is there any reason we can't move into the 21st century and use language which implies that NOT only men work??

TheLumpiestSpacePrincess Sun 17-Nov-19 13:40:23

Maybe it's based on the word huMAN and not sex?

DifficultPifcultLemonDifficult Sun 17-Nov-19 13:43:46

Doesn't bother me at all. Man-woman-human, the common denominator in all is man so it's pretty neutral in the circumstances you are annoyed about.

egontoste Sun 17-Nov-19 13:46:01

You are massively overthinking this.

Man up and get over it grin

insancerre Sun 17-Nov-19 13:47:48

It means by a human not by a man
Personed sounds weird

Sallyseagull Sun 17-Nov-19 13:48:46


It is human shortened isnt it?

20viona Sun 17-Nov-19 13:49:11


churchandstate Sun 17-Nov-19 13:49:24

I saw a rubbish truck the other day with the words “Men working at rear” on it, and I was like hmm

GeneHuntLover Sun 17-Nov-19 13:49:47

Fuck's sake, soon we won't be able to say anything without offending someone

MrsExpo Sun 17-Nov-19 13:49:57

It’s just a commonly used expression. A supermarket check out can be “manned” by a female employee .... it means (to me anyway) operated by a human, rather than automated. What should they have asked? Did you use personned/humaned checkout .... ? YABU.

EntropyRising Sun 17-Nov-19 13:50:07

I get it, you're joking. wink

Mickhasnotorso Sun 17-Nov-19 13:50:27

What the fuck lol

sirfredfredgeorge Sun 17-Nov-19 13:52:18

staffed doesn't though and avoids the problem.

runoutofideasnow Sun 17-Nov-19 13:53:43

Woman human

WorraLiberty Sun 17-Nov-19 13:54:37

egontoste grin grin

maddiemookins16mum Sun 17-Nov-19 13:54:50

This place it getting worse.
Wilkos sells grips Op, maybe pop in.

SorryDidISayThatOutLoud Sun 17-Nov-19 13:57:16

A lot of HR policies are now changed so that instead of using 'manned' it would say 'staffed'.

SafetyAdvice0FeedWhenAgitated Sun 17-Nov-19 13:57:18

Humanned check out😂

I saw a rubbish truck the other day with the words “Men working at rear” on it, and I was like hmm

I haven't seen a female rubbish truck worker irl ever so I think that's fine. I know there are few, but I assume these already rewrote their stickers😁

Butchyrestingface Sun 17-Nov-19 13:57:24

I’m with you, OP. But you picked your day to post unwisely.

MIdgebabe Sun 17-Nov-19 14:00:31

In the OP defence, whilst we can say with our rational brain that the term man is referrring to humans, nevertheless the tendency to use Male specific words has been shown over and over again to embed sexist thoughts and beliefs and actions

So it's somehow more normal for a man to work outside the home than a woman. That it is unusual to have a woman as a chair(man) of something.

The roles and expectations of society are reflected and reinforced by the words we use every day. the default male that means that cars are less safe for women, because the safety tests are done with reference to a default ( and therefore Male) body

FrownPrincess Sun 17-Nov-19 14:05:01

You are quite right, OP!

For this very same reason I shall never visit Manchester.


FrancisCrawford Sun 17-Nov-19 14:07:08

Do you object to the word “mankind” also?

JorisBonson Sun 17-Nov-19 14:07:28

Wish I had the time to stress about things like this. Bloody hell.

Alsohuman Sun 17-Nov-19 14:08:37

Oh dear ...

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