Re: 'Women' as an adjective (was RE: sex or gender?)

Subject: Re: 'Women' as an adjective (was RE: sex or gender?)
From: Karen Kay <karenk -at- NETCOM -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 10 Feb 1995 08:40:54 -0800

Bailey, Doug S said:
> The media will often identify someone's gender through the
> use of the word 'woman' or 'women', as in "There are 30
> women firefighters on the force."
...
> Is this a result of feminist pressure?

I wish feminists could put that kind of pressure on the media! I think
'female' isn't used because it sounds at least slightly demeaning.
(Though I don't know why.)

> Is this usage of 'women' or 'men' an accepted form?

Yes.

Karen
karenk -at- netcom -dot- com


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