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To be sick to the back teeth of hearing sportswomen being referred to as "girls"?

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beansprout Sat 22-Sep-07 20:22:51

What are they? 8 years old with pigtails?

And "ladies" isn't much better either.

What's wrong with "women" ffs? angry

BarefootDancer Sat 22-Sep-07 20:23:55

Hear hear

flowerybeanbag Sat 22-Sep-07 20:24:14


I know! I noticed that when I had the football on earlier.

They wouldn't refer to Michael Owen, Steven Gerrard et al as 'the boys' would they? angry

tribpot Sat 22-Sep-07 20:43:13

I thought we had sorted this at Wimbledon with the whole "Ms Williams" thing, v "Murray". Our 'ladies' have done rather better at the "football" than our 'men' yet still too difficult?

WideWebWitch Sat 22-Sep-07 20:47:00

I agree, YANBU

southeatsastras Sat 22-Sep-07 20:57:22

did they? sounds pants. yanbu

ChantillyLace Sat 22-Sep-07 21:09:17

See now, I'd rather be referred to as a girl than a lady or a woman! a) makes me feel younger grin b)i think women sounds old! and ladies just sounds sarcastic.

DrNortherner Sat 22-Sep-07 21:10:36

I'd rather be called a girl too...

southeatsastras Sat 22-Sep-07 21:13:06

you wouldn't call a 38 year old man a boy would you? so why do women have to put up with girls

rantinghousewife Sat 22-Sep-07 21:16:36

Chantillylace, am betting if you were short of stature you wouldn't be so keen to be called girl. I'm flaming 35 and some people still insist on calling me a little girl angry
Agreeing wholeheartedly with you beansprout, in fact, am nodding so vigourously in agreement, look like one of those sodding nodding dogs!

beansprout Sat 22-Sep-07 21:23:23

Exactly. As I understand it, boys grow into men and girls grow into women!!!

DavidGest Sat 22-Sep-07 21:24:00

My grandad called everyone 'boy'. Man or woman. Young or old. Now that's equality.

ChantillyLace Sat 22-Sep-07 21:38:57

RHW I certainly am not tall and I'm in my 40s so still want to be referred to as a girl! I also refer to OH and his friends as 'the boys'

southeastastra Sat 22-Sep-07 21:49:27

boys is strictly for under 15's and over 80's in between they're men.

pointydog Sat 22-Sep-07 21:51:26

do you have a pretty face?

pointydog Sat 22-Sep-07 21:51:58

footballers are sometimes called boys, as in 'the boys done good'

ChantillyLace Sat 22-Sep-07 21:52:55

In between they'd like to think they're men!!grin

Pointy I dont think I have a pretty face but I do have a pony tail hanging down!!wink

pointydog Sat 22-Sep-07 21:53:40

so you are named after the song?

ChantillyLace Sat 22-Sep-07 21:53:41

and I love football so perhaps that's why i like 'boys' so much!

pointydog Sat 22-Sep-07 21:54:07

and do you mean in between their legs?

ChantillyLace Sat 22-Sep-07 21:54:39

yes I am, cos I just happened to be singing it while i was trying to think of a name!

LyraBelacqua Sat 22-Sep-07 21:55:19

A 33-year-old woman was referred to as a 'girl' in a newspaper last week. I think girl fitted in the headline and woman didn't. grin

startouchedtrinity Sat 22-Sep-07 21:55:41

I think footballers do get referred to collectively as boys (as in 'our boys done good') but singly as men. Cricketers and rugby players are definitely men, which suggests a value judgement on football.

Not that that is any excuse for referring to women as girls, unless the women do so themselves - as in, 'I'm really proud of the rest of the girls', which I seem to remember hearing from a rower.

startouchedtrinity Sat 22-Sep-07 21:56:20

x posts, pointydog!

ChantillyLace Sat 22-Sep-07 21:56:43

no i dont mean in between their legs!!shock

i mean they like to think they're grown-ups but actually they never do!!

mind you, me neither so perhaps I'm just one of the boys (oops there's that word again) with boobs!!grin

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