When do we draw the line at too politically correct? When does that become a problem in itself?
Certainly not at the point where we're using normal, straightforward words
to refer to people. It's not like I'm asking you to call me a Vagino-American. It's just bizarre how many people I've seen be perfectly comfortable with "man" but go through the most tortured circumlocutions to avoid simply saying "woman."
Just...say it! Woman! It's not hard! You question why you should have to conform to my preferences in a conversation, I question why and how you've been conditioned to refer to half of humanity with a word not normally encountered outside a laboratory or police report.
If I were a biologist or an anthropologist, would that change how the use of male or female felt?
you a biologist or anthropologist? I kind of doubt it, since you don't typically contrast "males" with "females"—you go ahead and say "men."
The first thing that popped in my head is swearing. The second issue was the manner in how men and women talk about sex in public.
Ah, yes, the topic. Can you be more specific?