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CarolMariane
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posted 08 January 2007 04:03 PM      Profile for CarolMariane   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Thanks Lisa and Michelle.
In response to Lisa's column, Dec. 15th of last month and "Sugar and Spice"....
Everywhere I go, adult females are rarely called women....they're "ladies" and myself, I cringe when I hear the term. Ladies, as defined in the Oxford Canadian dictionary, Katherine Barber, editor-in-chief, is a socially acceptable behaviour, while woman is defined as...an adult female. There is then, a definite difference between calling an adult female a woman over a lady. There's a feeling of less than equality with this term.. I wonder even if people who refer to women as ladies, know the difference between the two words or...would a woman herself, say that "I never thought of it that way before!"

I've been indirectly referred to as a lady, girl and "guy" which is as generic as mankind in a patriarchal way. Tell someone you're a woman and they look at you like you're speaking in a strange language.

I wish we lived in a much more socially equal society.


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Stargazer
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posted 08 January 2007 04:15 PM      Profile for Stargazer     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I rarely if ever use the term ladies and I dislike being called 'lady' by anyone. It grates on me just the same way Ma'am does. I am quite proud to cal myself a woman and I feel downright silly referring to myself as a girl.

Women over ladies any day.


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Sharon
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posted 08 January 2007 04:16 PM      Profile for Sharon     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Hi CarolMariane. And for those who might have missed it, here's Lisa's column.
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M. Spector
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posted 08 January 2007 04:44 PM      Profile for M. Spector   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
quote:
Originally posted by Stargazer:
I rarely if ever use the term ladies and I dislike being called 'lady' by anyone. It grates on me just the same way Ma'am does. I am quite proud to cal myself a woman and I feel downright silly referring to myself as a girl.
When a stranger addresses you directly, how do you prefer to be addressed?
  • Excuse me, ma'am, I think this pen belongs to you.
  • Excuse me, lady, I think this pen belongs to you.
  • Excuse me, woman, I think this pen belongs to you.
  • Excuse me, ___?___...

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Coyote
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posted 08 January 2007 04:49 PM      Profile for Coyote   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Well, there's always "Excuse me, I think this is your pen." But "excuse me, woman . . ." does not exactly come trippingly to the tongue.
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M.Gregus
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posted 08 January 2007 06:13 PM      Profile for M.Gregus     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
This topic seems better suited to the rabble news forum so I'm going to move it there!
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