A Pet Peeve – “Female”
Wikipeidia describes a pet peeve as a minor annoyance that an individual identifies as particularly annoying to himself or herself, to a greater degree than others may find it.
This morning, I turned on the television and Divorce Court was on. I heard a woman use the word “females” when talking about her husband cheating. That took me back to around 1991 when I was hanging out with friends who were playing rap music. The word “female” was used often in the lyrics.
Then I began hearing individuals use it in conversation, such as, “I was talking to a female when he came up.” “He was talking to a female when I came out of the restroom.” “I would never hit a female.”
It made me cringe and I didn’t know why.
The medical profession identifies patients as “male” or “female.” Law enforcement gives descriptions using “male” or “female.” Why would people suddenly make it a common, everyday form of identifying themselves and each other that way?
Then it happened — that light bulb moment. Dogs are male and female. Cats are male and female. Birds, elephants, fish, reptiles, etc. But, ONLY HUMAN BEINGS ARE MEN AND WOMEN.
Have we reduced ourselves to a level of animals, no longer seeing ourselves as human beings? When someone says “female” to me in general conversation, I ask “female what?”
That’s my soap box venting for today. What are your thoughts?