Mr. Laser Beam wrote:
. . . Strange as it may seem, there are - or were, I don't know if this shit still goes on - some extremely radical feminist groups who make up words like "womyn" and "herstory" because they don't like any word with "man" or "his" in it.
Yep, that stuff still goes on. Every now and then I run across a blog where the writer uses "womyn," and they're actually serious.
In civilian life, "sir" is just a polite way of addressing a male who's a stranger to you. It's certainly more courteous than "Hey, dude!"
And I thought female officers in the military were addressed as "Ma'am," like in Private Benjamin