I am loving what I am seeing in terms of women fighting back in the United States.
Just this past weekend, I got together with “Poppy Girl” and she mentioned how well her girl scout troop did in cookie sales this year. On behalf of the Girl Scouts, she fielded so many compliments and donations for the Girl Scouts accepting all girls, including lesbian and transgender. I know I bought at least $40 worth of girl scout cookies this season for the same reason — and also I love tagalongs (the peanut butter and chocolate cookies)!
Just 10 years ago, we didn’t have Facebook, Twitter and many of the online organizations we see today to garner signatures in protest of people like Rush Limbaugh or public displays of male chauvinism. I was so excited after getting together with Poppy Girl and her family to see diaries like p1p1’s on this site.
And it’s not just in the United States we are seeing this re-awakening of female activism. In France, for example, the government just banned the term “mademoiselle” or “Miss” from official documents as well as “maiden name” as they historically are steeped in women’s virginity and availability. I learned about it in one of my many online news groups, in which Latinos were debating whether the Spanish word for “Miss” — señorita — should be done away with as well. Here is what one Latina had to say about it:
I don’t know that you can “ban” a word, as it is undemocratic, but, I believe that the word is outdated and oppressive–men don’t have a word to designate them as an unmarried man, so why should women? We should be given the same respect–just because a woman is unmarried, doesn’t mean she should be singled out as such (no pun intended). All women should be Señora! We should consider this term in the English language as well–the difference between Miss, Mrs., and Ms.,–you could say it’s even worse, we have three designations! Miss for unmarried, Mrs. for married, and Ms. for married, but divorce. All men get the “Mr.”. Unfair, I say!
Agreed. I admit that I don’t care for “Miss” in English either and have always used “Ms.” to describe all of my friends — married and non-married alike. It is ridiculous to identify women based on their marital status, especially since we don’t do the same for men.
What do you think of the way women are described across cultures? What do you prefer to be called?