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Old April 13th, 2003, 11:06 PM   #12
uriela
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Knee-jerk response: To refer to men as men and women as females is demeaning to women. Males and females, okay. Men and women okay. Men and females--women are somehow not human. Gentlemen and ladies, okay. Police officers as well as the military refer to the sexes in terms of being male and female. At least that is equal treatment. But to use such disparate terminology justifies unequal treatment--that somehow women's ideas, activities, etc. are less important, deserving of less respect, etc. Why didn't this person just write "men and conscripts" or "men and convicts"? I would suspect he thinks of women as incomplete men rather than a different kind of human.
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