What follows is so idiotic that it can only have one source, namely: EU.
In a memorandum called "Gender neutral language", the EU parlamentaries are forbidden to use words like; Fröken/Fru, Mr/Mrs, Madame/Mademoiselle, Frau/Fräulin, Senor/Senorita etc. Every word with "Man" in it is proposed to be forbidden.
You cant use words like "Sportsmen" instead you should use "Athlets".
Statesmen is a no-no, instead you should say political leader. Likewise are forbidden words like firemen, man-made, hostess, headmaster, policemen etc. All because of the EU:s language police.
As the Englishmen say's it- You can't make it up!
Now that Marit Paulsen is going to Brussel for the FP- Wonder if you can call her "Bitch"?
A tip of the turban to Kurt Lundgren