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Never trust a person who says "a female" instead of "a woman".

Can all the Trekkies please stop calling me racist for this?

@goblingirl @Juju Your unique qualities will be added to the collective's strength. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.

@Juju
Disagree, context matters. You wouldn't say "a woman baby" you'd say "a female baby".
@Juju
What? Female is age agnostic, woman refers to an adult female.

@alexa @Juju no what the frick id just say a baby you pervert.

@root
Sometimes their gender is relevant, for medical reasons.
@Juju

@larrydavis @Juju You Federation types are all alike: You talk about tolerance and understanding, but you only practice it toward people who remind you of yourselves. Because you disapprove of Ferengi values, you scorn us, distrust us, insult us every chance you ge

@vector @larrydavis It's fascinating to watch these responses and not understanding them because I've never watched even one episode of Star Trek.
I was ready to fight for being called racist until I googled and realized it's just Trekkies trying to be funny.

@Juju this is a really cool heuristic. I can hypothesize that it would work because men who use the word "female" out of place are actively guarding their speech, trying to sound neutral and scientific out of fear that if they speak freely then the PC police are going to put them in PC jail. For me, any sign that a person is being careful with words they use with me is a massive red flag...

@cjd I'm pretty bored lately so I've been watching reality shows like Ex On The Beach to feel better about myself (I'm also an asshole) and the men on those shows use it a lot, I suspect because they think women are lower than them. Makes them sound non-human to use "a female".
And women use it as well but mostly when they're talking about women they don't like.

@aeonen @Juju Can't say for English nuances, but in my language using "female" towards a human is a deliberate offense, roughly equal to calling someone an animal suited only for procreation.

@aeonen @Juju It would have the same meaning, as in, a thoughtlessly procreating animal. But for some reason men usually consider it to be a confirmation of their sexual prowess. A somewhat rude praise.

@Juju it makes my skin crawl, but I've been a lot happier since I ran across '"females" but pronounced like "tamales"'

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