This is prompted by a discussion in comments in this question about a gender issue in English. Comments I (and others) made against Caleb's answer gradually veered into a more general discussion of discrimination, and precisely to avoid getting too deeply into gender politics, I used a more neutral example. But this example ends up in a place only marginally-relevant to Caleb's answer. And a general discussion of unconscious prejudice may be interesting, but is clearly off-topic at English.SE.
In a more formal SE site than this I'd delete my comment as steering too far off-topic from the answer. On a different English.SE question I'd not have entered the discussion.
But at the same time, the question is expressly about a gender issue in language.
We certainly don't want to prohibit or discourage questions about discrimination in language and how to avoid it (which was the context here)! Answers to such questions will inevitably touch on such issues - how can they not? And I can't find a point at which my discussion with Noah in comments completely ceases to be potentially of interest to someone reading this question.
I'm not sure I'm drawing the line in the right place here, so I've left the discussion as is and I'm soliciting community opinion. Any thoughts?