Google sexism?

I discovered some Google search results that smack of sexism.

1. Go to Google.

2. Search for one of the following:

  • she discovered
  • she created
  • she built
  • she voted
  • she nominated
  • she engineered
  • she operated
  • she paid
  • she invented

Before delivering the results, Google will reply, “Did you mean he …..?

3. Now repeat the search using “he discovered” or one of the other above phrases.

4. Note that you are not asked if you meant “she”.

What’s with that? If you search for something typically “female”, you don’t have the same problem. “she nursed”, “she wrote”, “she bought”…none of those prompts you for “he”.

I suspect the "sexism" stems from the still popular use of "he" as a supposedly gender neutral pronoun. Google is probably just trying to widen your search results. But it does seem a little weird. Given that it’s easy to type "he" when you actually meant to search for "she", you’d think Google would also prompt for "she" when you search for "he". But, nope.