I TOTALLY agree with Love4Kitties. We women should INSIST on being called Ma'am, etc. and not accept being referred to as "girls" once we become adults.
People may think, "Oh, it's just a little thing. Don't make a political issue of it." But those social conventions reflect and promote social standards of thought and behavior. I work in a traditional "women's occupation" - nursing - and regularly have to work hard to overcome the subtle, yet very effective, traditions and social conventions the "keep women in their place" (below men) in the workplace.
Studies repeatly show that women get less respect and make less money than men even when we do work of similar importance and requiring similar expertise. We need to combat that by not accepting "2nd class treatment" and by embracing our maturity, experience, and the expertise those things lead to.
We can't do that unless we get comfortable with being grown-ups worthy of respect -- and not cling to the immature image of ourselves as "sweet little young things" that can't take of ourselves or handle important responsibilities.
I remember the first time I was called "Ma'am" -- in a grocery store by a bag boy. I was in my early 30's and it felt good.
Edited by: ONLINEASLLOU at: 6/8/2013 (11:52)