Ah, yes, I can see the harm that the popular prejudicial idea that "men don't read the manual" has done: few men ever getting hired in technical professions (where manual-reading skills are essential), few men in the military (since operating complex weapon systems without reading the manual is downright dangerous), men being systematically rejected from positions in higher education, medicine, science, finance, law, information technology, engineering, and higher levels of corporate management all because of the mistaken notion that they won't read manuals. That's why women unfairly dominate all of those fields.
Oh, wait. No they don't.
Perhaps, Hogarth, you'd like to explain the harm that this particular
generalization has caused. 'Cause I'm not seeing it.
On the other hand, scolding a moderator with your second post to a forum -- that, in my experience, can cause all kinds of harm. Wait and see.
Or lighten up just a little. Here's the problem with your reasoning:
I believe what you meant was 'many men/most men/a lot of men don't read the instructions'.
If you understood what Auntie and The Meromorph meant (which was pretty obvious, after all), and what was meant is not offensive, then there's no problem. Unless you're suggesting that although you
understood what they meant, other readers will not, because they're not as smart as you. Is that what you're suggesting?