I was talking to a friend, and we were gabbing off about dating, and college campuses. Once he started talking about sexual promiscuity amongst women on campus; he herd the women into "females".
"These females now a days move so fast, nobody even wants to try to kiss first." Now my internal decoder thingy that I mentioned earlier goes off. Not only is he policing the bodies of young women, and trying to shame them of their right to respectfully smash whom ever they pleasr, but he uses female in this context that is so.. eh.
I read an article in Time magazine, and Jay Newton-Small, author of Broad Influence, How Women Are Changing the Way America Works, discusses reclaiming the word female back. She proposed changing the rules of the word 'women' or 'woman' so instead of saying 'female lawmakers', for example, it would then be rephrased to read 'women lawmakers'. Slang lexicographer Jonathan Green suggests that words change connotations all the time. “Language changes, and it is one of the joys of English in particular that it remains open to continuing development, and we must accept those changes, whether or not we agree with them,” he said.
Language changes, and it is one of the joys of English in particular that it remains open to continuing development, and we must accept those changes, whether or not we agree with them
- Johnathan Green, slang lexicographer
A few months back blogger Awesomely Luvvie came for Charlamagne tha God, a popular radio personality on Facebook for using female in the context that he did. Her argument was simple: Any species can be "female" but human being females are women, so why not acknowledge our humanity when referencing us?