Hi, everyone who insists on calling women and girls “females!”
I’m really fucking tired of explaining why it’s demeaning, sexist, and highly inaccurate. Fellow DDP editor Dominique already covered the topic beautifully and comprehensively in The “Females” Phenomenon, but apparently we need to go over it again.
Merriam Webster‘s primary definition of “female” is “of, relating to, or being the sex that bears young or produces eggs.” Really, that’s how you want to describe female humans? Really? We developed the word woman for a reason.
If that isn’t enough to convince you, here’s a sampling of the company you keep when you insist on using females instead of the correct descriptive language:
Stop. Doing this. Do you mean women? Great, say women. Do you mean female people who may not identify as women? Female people is fine. Do you mean female people of all ages? You mean “women and girls.” Do you mean people who were assigned female at birth? Say that.
But don’t take my word for it! Here’s some more reading:
1. Grammar Girl weighs in.
2. Ask Demetria gives her perspective.
3. Shaker Maud explains.
4. Jezebel’s got something to say, too.
5. And, my personal favorite, an explanation of why “female” is demeaning with panda visuals.