The context I use is swing dance, but this could apply in many other fields, I'm sure.
One woman did object to my language in a dance class, claiming that it was sexist, but she probably felt that she had to, because she was the university's 'Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Equality Officer' and even she was finding it a struggle to be outraged.
Comments have suggested 'they' as a supposedly gender-neutral term. 'They' is plural. The actual impersonal singular pronoun in English is 'one', but once one has embarked on using 'one', one finds oneself locked into a world in which one has to say 'one' so often that one quickly wishes one hadn't.
I could go further and extol the positive benefits of 'he' and 'she'. These terms are quick, confident, clear, and they express confidence in the good character of the listeners, whereas stepping on verbal eggshells all the time expresses very powerfully a lack of confidence in them.
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