“Women” is a bad word
So after a handful of discussions in open source, work, and my personal life I am slowly discovering that the word
woman is actually exclusive and offensive.
So I am putting together a simple resource to help folks along the way with crafting how they chose to use various words.
If we had a room full of people and asked all the men to leave, what do you have left?
Will all of the men please leave the room?
You are still left with a room full of people, all of which do not identify as men.
Most of these people might refer to themselves as a woman but we can’t guarantee that. There could also be gender fluid, gender non binary, queer, and gender flux left in the room as well.
Imagine asking a 2nd question in the room, and asking everyone who is not a woman to leave. Then watching as a handful of underrepresented queers bowed their heads and walked out in shame.
Will anyone who is not a woman please leave the room?
When I was in the “Justin Bieber” phase of my transition I definitely wanted to be a woman but I didn’t necessarily fit the part, so I would have been one of those lowly queers walking out of the room because I wasn’t woman enough to be left in the mix.
“As all the men in the room left, the resulting women remained.”
“As all the men in the room left, the resulting underrepresented genders remained.”
“As all the men in the room left, the resulting gender minorities remained.”
“As all the men in the room left, the resulting people remained.”
“As all the men in the room left, the resulting badass amazing people remained.”
In general the word female is fucked, it’s basically labelling people as an extension/possession of our male counterparts. On that note enough, it’s demoralizing to use.
Furthermore female implies biology.
I don’t have ovaries (unfortunately). I never will. Biologically I am not female. If you want a sure fire way to piss me off and make me feel unwelcome, refer to a group lacking in men as female.
Imagine our room from above. Shortly after kicking the non binary queers out I ask a third question.
Will everyone who is not a female please leave the room?
Myself, and another 10 transgender women silently walk out and join the queers in tears in the hallway crying about our lack of ovaries.
“As all the men in the room left, the resulting females remained.”
In English we have 2 genders in our language, male and female.
The world is simply not that simple, and there is a gender scale that needs to be considered. If you use either gender in your language you are taking a huge risk and implying that you think the world of gender is binary.
Because the words don’t represent reality that makes them bad or poor words to use in a sentence. Hence
women is a bad word, as it’s a bad idea to chose to use that word.
men, women, males, females, man, woman, etc
A friendly reminder that there is nothing wrong with thinking and referring to someone as, simply, a person.
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