When Do “Girls” Get to Be Women?

March 5, 2011 at 8:13 PM Leave a comment

Have you ever noticed — here in the US anyway — that 16, 17, 18-year-old male human beings are almost always referred to as “men?”  Pay attention.  It’s amazing how prevalent it is that young males — boys — are referred to as “men.”

I know I’m exaggerating but geez, are males born “men?”

Hold that thought.

I was just channel surfing and I landed on QVC.  They were selling lip gloss and the hostess (yes, I’m going to send her an email) said, “Let’s take a look at it on the girls.”  The “girl” the camera went to had to be in her late 20’s or early 30’s.


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In the wider world, a puppy grows up to be a dog. A kitten grows up to be a cat.  A pony grows up to be a horse. Check out this ginormous list of animals who eventually graduate to an adult name once they, well, become adults.

But, seemingly, female human beings are forever “girls,” no matter their age.

Drives me nuts.




Entry filed under: Musings.

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