Роберт wrote: sje46 wrote:
gmalivuk wrote:I've known a lot more women who are uncomfortable being called girls than being called women, whereas you can avoid the issue entirely for men with "guy". So we're still better off with a female equivalent for "guy" than we are calling all young women "girls".
I don't know if you are talking about 50 year old women or college aged girls
And here we can note a salient point. Even when explicitly talking about women who are uncomfortable being called girls, sje46 calls them girls.
So, him discussing how common that discomfort is in different demographics is a red-herring. He calls them girls whether they like it or not. Evidence in support of gmalivuk's theory for sure.
I call them girls by default because that's what I think the majority of them prefers. I call them women if they prefer women.
I made this clear from the start, so I'm not sure what your point is.
To sum up:
1. Gotta have a term to refer to all people of that general age group, i.e., the point of this thread.
2. You should refer to them how they wish to be referred to, even if its different from the majority of them.
3. I believe that most of them prefer to be called "girl".
4. So it follows that it's acceptable to call them girl by default, unless they specify something different.
I hope that pseudo-proof isn't annoying or condescending, just wanted to illustrate how my thought-process is, clearly. I'm not exactly sure what the problem is here people are having. Is it that they disagree with 3? Discussion elsewhere made me realize that it isn't really that, so which is it?