Adult human females should be called ‘women’—if only for the sake of consistency


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Adult human females should be called ‘women’—if only for the sake of consistency in our
linguistic practice. And just to be clear, by ‘adult’, I mean a person 18 years old or older,
whether that person is a high school student or a university student or a clerk or a construction
worker or whatever. 18 year-old “girls” have the ability to be mothers, so I don’t see how we
can consistently use a non-adult word to talk about them. Likewise, they have the ability to
vote, and surely anyone with that ability deserves to be talked about as a grown-up, not a
child. Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to go to silly extremes. If you’d rather say ‘young
woman’ than just ‘woman’ in some cases, I couldn’t object, since an 18 year-old is certainly
young in comparison to most other adults, and if you want to call women ‘girls’ and men ‘boys’
in some circumstances where it’s appropriate as a metaphor, such as when the men are
acting boyishly or the women girlishly, then there’s no harm in that either. The main thing to
which I object is using a word for children as though it literally applied to adults also. I guess
that’s the main objection I have: ‘girl’ is a word for a human female child, and to call women
‘girls’ is to imply that they are children, which is inaccurate and probably has other negative
consequences.

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