23/05/16 GENDER: Man and Mankind


Man and mankind have traditionally been used to refer to the whole of the human race.
Why does man have more diseases than animals?
That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind. (Neil Armstrong, on stepping onto the moon)

Some people, including myself, find this usage sexist, and prefer to avoid it by using terms such as people, humanity or the human race. Note also the increasingly common use of synthetic fibers instead of man-made fibers.