Icalasari wrote:I'd also like to point out that man was once gender neutral. Males were known as weremen, iirc
Yeah, using "man" to refer to humanity isn't the product of a matriarchal society's influence on language, using "man" to refer to males is. Men were originally "weremen", which is an awesome name, and women were "wyfmen", which is... less awesome.
It also makes "man and wife" sound completely uncool if you think of it in those terms. "I now pronounce you a human and his female."