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Posted 10/23/15 , edited 10/24/15
I've come to notice more and more people using the term "female" to refer to women. Of course this makes sense for scientific reasons or statistical reasons, but I find it very awkward in regular conversation.

For one, does it not sounds weird when someone says, "Hey, look at all those females over there." It would grammatically make more sense to say, "Hey, look at all those women over there", no? Of course this is not for all situations. You may be asked your gender and respond with, "Yes I am a woman" or "Yes I am female". But do you see the difference?

Second, it is slightly degrading. Anything can be female: a cat, a dog, a horse, a mythical creature, a plant. So using the term female makes it seem as though women are something other than human(which is marginalizing because we humans think highly of our species in relation to other species).

Last, no one refers to men as "those males" or "look at that male". That also sounds awkward. So why did we start using female to refer to women?

WAIT, before you get defensive and hurt by what I've said, I do not mean any hate or harm towards anyone and am just simply voicing my thoughts. I would like to know what others think and am very open to your opinions and comments.

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EDIT:
After reading lots of interesting replies I went and did some reading on it and thought I'd share some links with you all. Feel free to voice your opinions on them! Keep in mind where the articles are coming from and who wrote them. There is obviously going to be a bit of a bias because of how I personally feel about it but if you find other sources, please share!

http://jezebel.com/the-problem-with-calling-women-females-1683808274

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/18/opinion/18iht-edsafire.4943390.html

http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2013/02/is_calling_a_woman_a_female_offensive.html

http://www.dailywritingtips.com/female-or-woman/

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/119954/woman-female-or-lady-which-term-appropriate
Posted 10/23/15
Always be chicks to me.
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I'll agree that it sounds awkward when people say "That female-" as opposed to "That woman-".
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I think you are looking to far into this, but I do see the difference in saying "Yes I am a woman" or "Yes I am female". I just don't think it really matters. It wouldn't matter to me if you called me a man or male. Just my two cents.
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Posted 10/23/15
how about "look at those bitches over there" ?
"girls"?
"ladies"?
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Posted 10/23/15 , edited 10/26/15
female = any person that has an XX chromosome
woman = a person with XX chromosome that has reached adulthood (age 18+ in the US)
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Posted 10/23/15 , edited 10/23/15
If I am talking to someone, depending on their maturity, they're either going to get called a woman or a girl. If I'm discussing something on a forum that calls for the female term to be used, then I would.

Of course then there's always derogatory terms we can use if needed...
Posted 10/23/15
English is weird that way,
In Spanish we only use "mujer".
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Posted 10/23/15

namealreadytaken wrote:

female = any person that has an XX chromosome
woman = a person with XX chromosome that has reached adulthood (age 18+ in the US)


Or in the old days; women= as goon as a girl has her first period.
I guess these days some would consider a girl becoming a women once she has had sex?
That's what they say about males anyhow (not a man until you have had sex). Not that that would hold up in a court of law or anything.
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HuastecoOtaku wrote:

English is weird that way,
In Spanish we only use "mujer".


Is there no scientific version of "mujer" when referring to a female organism that is not human?
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Posted 10/23/15
i jus call dem gals
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Posted 10/23/15 , edited 10/23/15
My life progression so far:
Baby --> Cry Baby --> Girl --> Teenager --> Young Woman --> Woman

It seems to be a cultural thing. I don't feel degraded being referred to as a female because it can be used for animals because I don't think being a human woman makes me particularly special among females as a whole. I admit it's an awkward word used in certain situations, but I myself have used the word 'male' at times. There's a big cultural line between girls and women (same with boys and men) that can easily be covered by just saying they're male or female if you're only trying to classify their gender.


MrAnimeSK wrote:
Or in the old days; women= as goon as a girl has her first period.
I guess these days some would consider a girl becoming a women once she has had sex?
That's what they say about males anyhow (not a man until you have had sex). Not that that would hold up in a court of law or anything.


I feel like becoming a woman was more of an indication that the person in question had reached the age of majority or 'adult' age. It makes sense that when our life spans become longer that our childhoods become longer too.
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Posted 10/23/15 , edited 10/23/15

Kikiest wrote:


HuastecoOtaku wrote:

English is weird that way,
In Spanish we only use "mujer".


Is there no scientific version of "mujer" when referring to a female organism that is not human?


There is mujer and there is femenino. Although, you would rarely ever use the latter.

You could use femenino if you were referring to the female population.
Posted 10/23/15

Kikiest wrote:


HuastecoOtaku wrote:

English is weird that way,
In Spanish we only use "mujer".


Is there no scientific version of "mujer" when referring to a female organism that is not human?


It would be "hembra". Sorry for not being clear on that
"Femenino" would be the closest thing to female.
"Yo soy deal sexo feminenio"
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Posted 10/23/15 , edited 10/23/15

Kikiest wrote:


HuastecoOtaku wrote:

English is weird that way,
In Spanish we only use "mujer".


Is there no scientific version of "mujer" when referring to a female organism that is not human?


from what i remember, certain organisms can spontaneously change sex so the term "female" is not well defined.

also, @HuastecoOtaku
girl = chica / niña
women = mujer

you don't refer to a 10 year old kid as "mujer"
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