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Why do anti-feminists use "female" rather than "woman"?

Anti-feminists seem to often use the word "female" in the noun form, in places where people would ordinarily just use "women." (I don't want to spend a lot of time hunting up evidence of this, but here are some examples. There's also this and this.) I'm curious to know how/why this became a thing -- for example, I've wondered if it has something to do with military or police usage, because those are the only places I've previously noticed women being referred to as females. Does anybody know?
posted by Susan PG on Sep 12, 2014 - 45 answers

Give me some examples of rephrasing a question into a statement

I've heard that men don't like questions. I'm a woman and would like to have better relationships with the men in my life. Give me some examples of ways to rephrase questions into statements, directives or imperatives. [more inside]
posted by geekgirl397 on Mar 15, 2013 - 40 answers

Grammatical gender consistency across languages

Are grammatical genders, as a rule, consistent across the Indo-European languages which use them? [more inside]
posted by obloquy on Dec 4, 2012 - 30 answers

Why have case endings and gender endured in language?

Case endings and gender in language: why? [more inside]
posted by stenoboy on Oct 23, 2012 - 29 answers

What gender do newly-invented things have in languages where things have genders?

What gender do newly-invented things have in languages where things have genders? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel on Feb 23, 2011 - 15 answers

What determines the gender of a neologism?

In languages where nouns have a gender, how is the gender determined for neologisms or loanwords? [more inside]
posted by roofus on Feb 10, 2011 - 24 answers

Men and girls

Is it acceptable and PC to refer to grown-up women as girls in this context? Does it say something about the person who does it? [more inside]
posted by sively on Apr 28, 2010 - 87 answers

Sir / Ma'am / ???

What's the gender-neutral equivalent to "Sir" and "Ma'am"? [more inside]
posted by Zarkonnen on Nov 16, 2009 - 26 answers

Are you a man or woman?

When did adults in Western countries decrease using man/woman when speaking about themselves, e.g. describing their gender? How came this to be? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Jul 20, 2008 - 18 answers

Gender Neutral Term for Aunt/Uncle

Searching for a gender neutral term for Aunt/Uncle? [more inside]
posted by gleea on Jun 5, 2008 - 53 answers

A German gentleman writes a masculine letter of feminine love to a neuter young lady

What is the function of gendered articles of nouns in (German|Spanish|etc)? [more inside]
posted by beerbajay on Mar 24, 2007 - 21 answers

I tried to think of a cute title, but to be honest, I didn't try very hard.

In America, there's a trend towards making the English language more gender-neutral. However, it seems that English is already one of the world's more androgynous languages. Is there an effort to make other languages more gender-neutral, or is it just American English?
posted by Afroblanco on Mar 17, 2006 - 50 answers

Gender in French language

Please explain to a clueless person how genders are decided in French language... [more inside]
posted by fire&wings on Mar 15, 2005 - 22 answers

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