Now THIS has gone too far! I'm editing some text for the brochure for our medical device the other day (we make a device that helps to detect early risk of osteoporosis). One of the last lines says something like, These factors will allow the doctor to better target women who are at risk for osteoporosis. Sometimes, when I'm stuck for ideas, I'll run the document through the grammar checker, just to stand a few sentences on their heads and get rid of some passive voice stuff. Well, my grammar checker hit this last sentence, highlighted "women" and promptly informed me: Gender-specific term. Consider replacing with people, individuals, or human-beings. Umm........no.
(From the "Rest" of RHF)