They're just words. They don't exclude my gender if I don't decide they do.
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Plaid flannel shirt: MC's
Ankle booties: Juicy Couture
Wet-look leggings: BDG
Purse: Vintage via the Getup
The definitions of words are determined by the way people use them. That dictates the dictionary definition -- not the other way around. So the "man" at the end of a job title can just mean "person," if that's the way we decide to use the word.
Hey, are you nerdy enough that you've ever watched Star Trek Next Gen? You ever notice how in the kickass, borderline utopian future, male and female Star Fleet officers alike are both addressed as "sir"? That's because with real gender equality, you don't need to differentiate between a man or woman who's doing the same job. A word only implies gender if you decide it does.
And for the record, I'm also a vegetarian and I have no problem talking about the "meat" of the issue. In a Star Trek future where nobody kills animals for food, people who use that phrase will be explaining its long-lost etymology as a conversation starter. ;)