What’s wrong with changing “mankind” to “humankind”, to more accurately reflect reality? Past, prejudicial ways of speaking and writing should not be continued simply because that’s the way it has always been spoken or written.
The root doesn’t matter. We could just as easily call all of humankind, womankind, since ‘man’ is also in that word, but that would also be prejudicial.
When you address men, call them men; when you address women, call them women; when you address all of the human race, then it’s humankind not mankind.
For those who say mankind means all people, no it doesn’t. That women say they don’t mind being called a man, only proves they adjusted to their inferior, second class citizen status and don’t want to rock the boat. They’ve been taught from childhood that men are more worthy and more highly valued. Home, religion, government, schools and business all do it – discriminate against girls/women, for the purpose of controlling them.
Women historically and traditionally had to become sneaky and conniving. They dropped hints to get what they wanted, and many times resorted to begging or doing favors (some of the more sordid type). They couldn’t just demand something and expect to get it. Or take something without explaining themselves.
“Control your wife!” How many times have you heard that?
Many of these women grow up to oppress other women the way men do. The oppressed become the oppressor.