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Is it offensive when men call women 'females'?
Using the term 'females' to refer to women - is it demeaning?
I often hear men referring to women as "females" in regular everyday social conversations, and frankly it bugs me to no end. I find it offensive. It's a simple term, and accurate at that, however the way it is used feels like it places women as inferior.
What do you think of the use of "females" in common conversation?
(Obviously, the use of the term "females" in a discussion of a scientific nature or in a police report is appropriate and not offensive. This is not the use of the term I find fault in.)
What do you think of the term "females"?
Certainly not all men use the term "females" to describe women, and thought I hadn't heard it myself, I can see online women referring to other women as "females". I wonder, is it a distinct subset of society that uses this term - both men and women?
What is your opinion on the use of the term 'females' when used to refer to a group of women?
Do YOU find the term 'females' to be degrading to women?
What is your opinion on the term "females"? Are you okay with it? Does it make you angry, sad? Do you think differently of a person who uses the term "females" to describe women?
Tell us your opinion so we can all learn from each other. (You don't need to be a member to comment.)
Is it offensive when men call women 'females' in a social context?
I believe the term 'females' is offensive.
Not sure you've heard this term as sexist?
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Is this a regional term?
I have heard some people say that this term is a regional thing, used more in the US than elsewhere, and used more in the south. I am from the northeast, so I'm not sure that's accurate. Where do you live, and have you heard the term "females" used near you?
Have you heard the term 'females' used to describe women (in a way that was not clinical)?
Consider how you use the word 'females'
Think about your own use of the word 'females' (which is, of itself not an offensive word). Are you using 'females' in the same ways as you are using 'males', or in the same way you are using 'guys'. If you are doing the latter, then ask yourself why you have chosen this word and not women or ladies. Is it a choice of your own making, or one picked up by your peers? If you don't like what you find, correct it.