Re: power

Ruby Rohrlich (rohrlich@GWIS2.CIRC.GWU.EDU)
Tue, 5 Mar 1996 23:43:45 -0500

I think you've hit the nail on the head, Holly. The interest in this
list on terms of address does reflect the underlying theme of relations
of power, dominance/subordination, etc. Addressing African American
adult males as "boy," which lingered on long after the emancipation of
slavery, provoked great resentment. How do you feel about addressing a
group of females as "ladies," not "women," whereas it is fine to address a
group of males as "men.." The term "woman" seems not to be in good repute.
Ruby Rohrlich