(Closed) When using the word “female”….

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@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
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Sugar bee

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@armychica06:  yup, that’s the first thing I thought of, too. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

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 # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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 # 10
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Newbee

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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

noun

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@Arjuna:  i was thinking of this too!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I was always taught that it could be used either way.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

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
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

“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
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Yeah, from a military family here. Dosn’t bother me.

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