Personally, having learned Latin, I cringe when people say "Adeptus Sororitas".
The German localisation for 40k actually uses this as an officially registered trademark.
Personally, I'm interpreting "Adepta Sororitas" as referring to the different sub-groups that make up the greater whole. The Orders Hospitaller are one Adeptus Sororitas, as are the Orders Militant and the Orders Sabine, and all the others. But all types of Orders together they are the Adepta Sororitas. There, contradiction avoided, it's now consistent with the rest of the Imperium.
As horrible as Pathfinder's art is, I do have to give them props for their Icons - each class has a portrait and all of that classes abilities are described in terms of that character's gender. That's a decent way to do it.
I noticed this in Battletech and Shadowrun as well. Personally, I think it's a nice change, though I mostly stick to "they" when I'm writing something - be it here or in my job.
I did notice they changed the "Men must die so that man endures." Divination to "Humans must die so the humanity endures."
This is interesting, although I feel it doesn't read as fluid or catchy as the original version. If they wanted to start balancing gender focuses, perhaps they should have done so elsewhere.
I'm also ... not really sure what to make of FFG showing off artworks of female Imperials - but then giving them high heels, for professions where they'd be an obvious hindrance such as an Arbites street cop. Kind of feels like one step forward, two steps back.
In a fairly patriarchal IC system like the imperium (literally, with the emperor as the father figure), WoD's "she" would seem odd to me and out of place.
I don't think you could actually call the Imperium patriarchal, just because its boss happens to be a guy. That'd be like calling Germany matriarchal just because the Chancellor is a woman.
The important thing to me is that the High Lords - the people who actually rule the Imperium in the Emperor's place - include both men and women. Planetary lords and Inquisitors can be men or women. Men and women are Imperial Saints. The Imperial Guard includes both men and women. Yes, there's the Space Marines as an exclusively male elite force, but they're balanced by the Sororitas as an exclusively female one (the only problem here is how FFG keeps describing the former as way better than the latter, whereas GW described them as "equals").
Obviously, local cultures may differ massively from one another. You could have a sexist planet ruled by men - but you could just as much have one ruled by women, with at least one example being provided by GW fluff (Xenan VII, the homeworld of the all-female Xenonian Free Companies and the Last Chancers character known as Warrior Woman). But all of this is of no consequence to the Imperium at large, as the Administratum cares not for whether a freshly raised regiment of Guardsmen is made up of men or women. The only thing they care for is the number of troops.
As DeathByGrotz says, social injustice hits everyone equally. Which ... kind of makes it a twisted form of social justice, I guess?
Edited by Lynata, 22 August 2014 - 01:43 PM.