I naturally encountered the problem of choosing a pronoun to refer to someone who could be male or female. I dealt with this by treating the masculine pronoun as referring to anyone of either sex; I find the other, newer ways of handling the problem too self-conscious to bear.
Source: p X of Preface, The Legal Analyst, Ward Farnsworth
I'm guessing that Definition 2 applies:
(Especially of an action or intention) deliberate and with full awareness, especially affectedly so:
Yet I still can't apprehend the meaning. Is the author saying that handing the problem is unnecessary, in that the problem isn't serious enough? Or is he submitting that it's truly a problem, but wants to cease consciousness of it? Please explain the steps or thought processes on how to determine this, for want of doing so by myself in the future?