If he disregards [requests to refrain from sexist language], the only thing that will happen is that some people will feel upset or angry and might express that. And others–namely misogynists–might feel vindicated. His framing made it seem as if he only refrains from dehumanizing women because there are rules about it and he follows rules. But that isn’t how morality works, or, at least, it isn’t how it ought to work, in my opinion. Saying, “These are THE RULES” removes the need to take responsibility for making your own moral choices.
–The perfect description of a mindset that’s always bugged me.