One of the things that bugs me is when people refer to adult women as 'girls'. It is usually men who do this and it can seem patronising and belittling. As I wrote this I remembered that I've just renewed my subscription to the '... Old Girls' Association' without batting an eyelid. Well, it is a school for girls and I was a girl when I was a pupil there - but should I start a campaign for a name change for the association? Any WOGA members reading this?
We women can be equally guilty of using belittling terms for men. A recent public example was the UK MP Nadine Dorries who accused the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer as being "posh arrogant boys". It's all about the power games people play of course and women are just as capable of putting down men as men can put down women. Her comment was matronizing, snobbish and belittling. Whatever you think of their politics, as 'Archdruid Eileen' wrote in In Defence of Cameron and Osborne you can't call these 2 grown men 'boys'
I really do disagree with Nadine Dorries calling David Cameron and George Osborne "arrogant posh boys".They were arrogant posh boys 35 years ago. They're grown-up now. That makes them arrogant posh men.Nadine Dorries' intentions - criticising policy - were serious - but using 'posh' as a term of abuse is simply inverted snobbery as Digitalnun pointed out in a perceptive post Class and Conscience which ends with these words
"It would be sad if our present economic mess were to lead to another outbreak of class warfare. Much better, surely, to concentrate on developing a conscience about others and a more generous response to their needs. ‘All in this together?’ Yes, Mr Cameron, but at a much deeper and more demanding level than I suspect you, or most of us, have yet guessed."
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