Dear Men: Please Refer To Women As Women, Not “Young Ladies” or “Gals”

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I live in Virginia, which is not the Deep South but also not not the south. “Y’all,” “Bless your heart,” and my personal favorite, “Triflin’,” are all part of regular vernacular.

Unfortunately, demeaning language toward women is also part of everyday vernacular in the not not south. I die a little bit every time I hear a mid-career woman being…

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