Post # 1
I’m sorry if this post is a bit of a rant, but a lot of people here use the word female incorrectly. When you are using female to describe a person, it is always an adjective. For example “your best female friend” “your closest female family member” “my fiance wants a female groomsperson”. When the word female is used as a noun, that is reserved for animals. “I’d like to buy two females please.” (“My fiance wants a female on his side of the bridal party” is an incredibly incorrect and in my opinion rude usage). I was only taught this in my freshman year of college, but ever since then it has made me wince at every incorrect usage of the word. I know that this isn’t necessarily common knowledge, but once you know it, it’s impossible to see it and not get a little peeved!
Post # 3
@WoodenShoes: Yikes I can only imagine what my Drill Sergeant in Army Basic Training would have said if I had corrected him! Soldiers are referred to as males and females, not men and women.
Post # 4
I am military and we use “female” as nouns. So “this female is annoying me,” is a perfectly acceptable sentence to me.
Female is synonymous with lady and woman in my vocabulary.
Post # 5
@armychica06: yup, that’s the first thing I thought of, too.
Post # 6
I HATE when people say “That female….” I only hear younger people say it, so I hope that’s it, but it grates my nerves to no end. Why not just say woman? It just sounds so crass to say female or male. It’s a person, not an animal.
I think in the Army it would be different. They have another language going on.LOL Plus, to me, that’s different than a man on the street going, “This female I went on a date with..” who has no ties to the Army.
Post # 7
Actually, according to the dictionary, it can be an adjective or a noun.
Post # 8
So let me get this straight…. somebody made a post commenting that they’d like to buy two females, referring to two women? And now you’re insulted, but purely because they were using a noun?
Full of fook my brain is.
Post # 9
@Spoonie: no… that was an example of proper usage… like when buying dogs or livestock. (If I had clarified, then female would’ve been an adjective, I agree, it isn’t a grat example)
@armychica06: @rubybride718: Yeah I’m not in the military, but I assume you don’t talk to people in day to day life the same way your drill sergeant talked to you in training…
The post that really got me going was “who is the female who has been most supportive in your wedding planning”
Post # 10
It’s used in ebonics more often than “girl” or “woman”, so I think it has worked its way into popular, daily speech.
Post # 11
You are incorrect. It’s both a noun and an adjective for humans, animals and even plants.
fe·male/ˈfimeɪl/ Show Spelled[fee-meyl] Show IPA
1. a person bearing two X chromosomes in the cell nuclei and normally having a vagina, a uterus and ovaries, and developing at puberty a relatively rounded body and enlarged breasts, and retaining a beardless face; a girl or woman.
2. an organism of the sex or sexual phase that normally produces egg cells.
3. Botany . a pistillate plant.
Post # 12
@Arjuna: i was thinking of this too!
Post # 13
I was always taught that it could be used either way.
Post # 14
OP I think it is considered “disrespectful” to be used in that way in everyday conversation, unless it’s being used as an appositive noun. However, it is not technically wrong becasue it is appropriate for use in clinical settings.
I’m not 100% sure about that, but I know for clinical/scientific use it is alright.
Post # 15
“who is the female who has been most supportive in your wedding planning”
Could be a woman OR a girl that has been supportive, so female was probably just an easier, more general term to use to describe someone’s sex.
Post # 16
Yeah, from a military family here. Dosn’t bother me.