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Sun Nov 11, 2012, 07:34 PM

55. This is the first time I've seen this on DU and it's a welcome reminder!

I'm sure you've posted it before, as others have but I just don't remember seeing it before (no surprise there! :chuckle.

I worked for MS magazine when both it and I were in our youths. I was 16 (between my junior & senior years in HS) and the magazine was only really nearing the end of its first year in print. I lived in NYC and had a couple of cool summer jobs like that. The job that summer ended up being very cool -- I got to read and select unsolicited LTEs for the editors to then go over and select for printing. I started in a simpler job but was rapidly promoted to that after they trusted my intellect & judgment.

It was when the founders and original editors were there on a regular basis. The only two I remember well were Gloria Steinem and Patricia Carbine.

Anyway, we'd gone to Jones Beach on a staff fun day and I'll never forget Gloria Steinem correcting a staffer next to me who'd referred to a 15-year-old as a "girl," telling her that a 15 yo is a "woman." I don't recall the age she set as a shift from "girl," but I never forgot the lesson of calling females after a certain age "women." I tend to refer to females over 10 and teens as "young women" and anyone over 18 as a woman.

It bothers me that I increasingly hear "girl" for women of all ages all over the place these days, with television being the most guilty (be it news media or entertainment). Glad to see someone add a reminder here -- I'll have to be better about doing so myself.

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