female- an organism of the sex or sexual phase that normally produces egg cells.
While at happy hour this past weekend I asked some of my friends have they ever heard that calling a women a “female” is offensive. Of course they said that sounded preposterous and I know that I didn’t make it up so I figured I would ask twitter nation had they ever heard of such. Here’s what I asked:
So what’s wrong with calling a woman a female again?
Now I honestly don’t really know what the problem with the word female is and I genuinely tried to get some insight. Before I share some of the opinions and views of my followers let me tell you where I stand on the subject. I’m a scientist through and through. A female elephant is a cow. A [pregnant] female cat is called a queen. A female horse is called a mare and yes a female dog is called a bitch. Unless a man comes right out a calls you a bitch or a dog then I don’t get how that could be demeaning. True a female human is a woman but I feel the two can be used interchangeably.
Forms that ask for gender don’t give you the option between man and woman, it says male and female. When a woman fills out a form and it says male or female under the sex section does she leave both boxes unchecked because she is offended? Probably not because I hear women refer to each other as females as well. When a man refers to a woman as a female all of a sudden its degrading? Is this because its a man referring to her as such? This must be similar to how women can call each other bitches all day and its cool to most of y’all.
Even if for one second I could see how when a man uses the word female it could have a negative connotation, wouldn’t that only be true if he used it in a negative tone? For instance if a man were to say: “I love a female that can throw down in the kitchen.” it really doesn’t sound that bad. Versus if a man were to say: “I can’t stand females“. The latter use of the word makes it sound disparaging. I don’t see how if a man honestly uses the word without antagonistic implications how a woman would be offended.
I understand I’m not a woman but I honestly haven’t heard this before the last couple of months. Here is what some of my followers had to say on the subject [Username’s removed]:
Every time I’ve heard “female” the tone implied “bitch”.
It lacks humanistic femininity to me. Dogs are female. Humans are women, ladies or even goddesses if you so prefer.
As w/many things in life. If u didn’t mean it offensively or condescendingly & she gets defensive, then I smell insecurity.
A word can take away femininity?
It’s so impersonal and can sometimes seem demeaning.
“female” is usually used to describe animals, not humans. #notchicks
So @BrazenlyVirile‘s are off the chain! female = female. I sense insecurity.
What’s your take on the use of the word female?