Why you can’t call me a “female” By Uche W.
Lately, there has been a trend of people referring to women as âfemales.â I am not going to say that only men do it because that is not the case. I personally notice when all sexes do it, no matter how you are identified. Â I donât know who/what started it, and frankly I donât care. I just want it to stop.
Â Â Â Â The issue I have with being referred to as âfemaleâ is that it removes my humanity. It reduces me to whatâs between my legs versus whatâs between my ears. It makes me, who is just as human as any other identity, less than. Â It makes no distinction between me and any other nonhuman animal on this planet.Â It turns me into a characteristic of (my more often than not) layered identity.
Â Â Â You ever watch those animal documentaries that say things like âthe femaleâ or âthe male?â Yeah, thatâs what you sound like and last time I checked most of you are not scientists or narrating any animal documentaries. Listen, I’m not an animal in a jungle, lab experiment or a zoo. I live amongst the human race just like you. Why reduce me to my sex? Is that what I am to you? Just an animal?
Â Â Â This referring to women as âfemalesâ often occurs when people want to make distinctions between the way women and men think, give âadviceâ, or express disdain for our behavior or the way we carry ourselves.
Want Â some more examples?Â Hereâs aÂ A SHIT LOAD.
If you believe women and men think differently thatâs fine, but making that distinction because I have a vagina and you donât, is not. I can’t help but consider the struggle we currently face in this country with women health rights and pay equality. I’m sure this is directly connected to the reduction in our humanity. Â Donât contribute to what is already enough people telling me what I should do (or not do) with my vagina. Definitely donât refer to me by it. Â
Definition of WOMANÂ a : an adult female person b : a woman belonging to a particular category (as by birth, residence, membership, or occupation) âusually used in combination
Definition of FEMALEÂ Â a (1) : of, relating to, or being the sex that bears young or produces eggs (2) :Â pistillateÂ b (1) : composed of members of the female sex
(2) : characteristic of girls or women