I have many on my list. This one is near the top.
One outcome of the 70’s Feminist movement was the introduction of a much needed new form of address into our language, a universal, generic form of address for women.
Men had always had such a form – “Mr”. On the other hand, women were forced to broadcast their social status – by using either “Miss” or “Mrs”. It was a pretty serious handicap for working women particularly. Or a woman seeking credit.
It also created awkward moments when addressing a woman with whom you were not acquainted – Hello Miss Smith? Hello Mrs. Smith? Whoops? Sorry.
“Ms” was introduced as a sensible replacement for the previous two forms. It was immediately and widely embraced.
Except . . . except for those for whom moving wimmin’ out of the kitchen was the devil’s own work and likely the beginning of the end of our Christian nation.
So a politically correct compromise was applied and it made the situation much much worse.
Now on forms are all those annoying check boxes where I must announce myself as either:
- Mrs. – I am married and quite traditional. Thank you.
- Miss – Unmarried and a little timid, if that’s okay. Also, I work at Publix.
- Ms – None of your business, creep. I’m a ball busting feminist pinko commie dyke anyway!