It is now officially sexist to call women this

It is now officially sexist to call women this
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You can probably guess what the word is not just by dint of how easily microaggressed the Left is nowadays. It’s definitely not broad or dame. It’s not gal, though libs would probably tear your tongue for saying it.

The word is female when used as a noun. The topic came to the fore when the geniuses behind the forthcoming March for Science tweeted this innocent-sounding question:

 

Yep, they went there. They used female as a noun.

Among the enraged reactions to this offense was this tweet by Alessondra Springmann, a self-described “anticolonial intersectional feminist”:

One of the respondents, Rachel Tatman, was less uncivil. Tatman, who is getting her PhD in linguistics, tweeted:

What’s a Ferengi? you ask. (I know I asked.) These are Ferengi (that’s a plural):

Ferengis1

The Ferengi are fictional extraterrestrial race from the “Star Trek: universe. I still can’t say I understand the connection or, more importantly, that I care.

Anyway, Heat Street attempts to shed a little light on why calling a woman a female is a taboo by citing an entry from a Victorian etiquette manual:

victorian-etiquette

But as Rachel Tatman would (should) point out as a linguist, rules of style and usage evolve.

In addition, if we’re get to get etymological about this, libs should know that the word woman has an iffy origin of its own. From Stack Exchange:

Woman used to be wifman, a combination of wif, meaning “woman” (whence wife), and man in the meaning “human being.”…

So which would today’s enlightened woman rather be called: woman-man or female (alt. Ferengi)? Just keep us apprised.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.


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