I’ll be away from my desk today, so I leave you with a needling little example of the patriarchal tendency to use language to cognitively separate women from the default (male) population. It comes in the form of a news story circulating in the UK and India about workers’ unhappiness with their wages:
"Nearly half of British employees think they are not paid enough, and women are even more dissatisfied with their wages, according to a survey on Thursday." [financialexpress.com]
At least eight different news outlets used this remarkable sentence to express the precept that "British employees" are male, whereas "women" are something else (and are, naturally, dissatisfied).