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Old 08-07-18, 10:03 AM   #401
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Re: Kickstarter: Tropes vs. Women in Video Games

It's kind of a silly thing, but it's true... for some odd reason a lot of men do not refer to women as women, but use "female" almost exclusively, even when they don't use "male" nearly as much when referring to men. I have coworkers who do this. It's kind of strange, but I don't think it's as insidious as some think. But pay attention, and you'll see it. It wouldn't be as strange if they also referred to men as males, but they don't.

I saw this on another forum, so I'm just copy-pasting it here. I'm not saying I agree with this explanation, but I think it's fair to say it's part of it.
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The reason people do this is because subconsciously some men have this weird hang-up about referring to their adult female counterparts as "women." They can't call us "girls" (although many of them do anyway) because a "girl" is usually a young person, so they fall back on "females," which is weird as hell.
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Old 08-07-18, 11:06 AM   #402
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Re: Kickstarter: Tropes vs. Women in Video Games

The problem is that there is no female equivalent to "guys" that is still used. "Gals" isn't used by anyone under the age of 70 or so. Adult male counterparts are usually called "guys" instead of "men", but we've lost any female equivalent.
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Old 08-07-18, 12:58 PM   #403
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Re: Kickstarter: Tropes vs. Women in Video Games

Dolls. Just kidding

Anecdotally, my female friends and coworkers don't care about being called a girl.
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Old 08-07-18, 01:40 PM   #404
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Re: Kickstarter: Tropes vs. Women in Video Games

I always use ladies.
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Old 08-07-18, 01:40 PM   #405
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Re: Kickstarter: Tropes vs. Women in Video Games

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The problem is that there is no female equivalent to "guys" that is still used.
Can't we just use "guys" as a gender-neutral term? I feel like it's been used that way for a while.

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Old 08-07-18, 02:07 PM   #406
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Dolls. Just kidding

Anecdotally, my female friends and coworkers don't care about being called a girl.
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