Also, about the removal of gender pronouns: not quite as crazy as you'd think.
In my job in the income protection insurance business, I see a lot of policy documents. Official documents, very important. You will not find a single use of female pronouns in the entire thing. It is all 'he and his', all male. Even when referring to potentially female claimants.
There's a clause that states that the male pronoun usage is intended to refer to any claimant, but what message does it send? Males are important enough to mention, females not? Is it really so difficult to replace every male pronoun to the more gender neutral 'their' and 'them'?
I don't know. I can understand why it seems so OTT and crazy, but all these little subconscious clues build up without you even realising.