As She is Known in America
SIR,----Clerics who use the word " female" for " woman do so because they think of women in terms of " sex, sin, and silliness "; compelling them to use
woman " or even " lady " while they still think " female is useless.
If, by their conduct certain women show themselves to be nothing but " females," they should blame themselves if they are called such. If they interest themselves only in recipes, patterns., card parties, social affairs, beauty ehops, clothes, and gossip, knowing nothing and caring less about anything or anyone outside their narrow personal world, they have no right to be surprised if clerics think them very inferior beings, just above the " female" level.
However—it should be a very simple matter for the great majority of women who rightfully object to the use of female " (and the contempt behind the use of that word) to courteously, but very firmly, refuse to co-operate---in all matters beyond strict obligation—with those clerics whose attitude toward women is that they arc an unfortunate necessity.
It should be remembered that while many clerics consider women simply as " females,many more do not; and respect and support should be given to those who respect their " female parishioners," calling them " women," not "females." Most of our clergy would no more speak of women as " females" than they would speak of their men as " males "—they respect us as they expect to be respected by us—and to them we should give full cooperation and the reverence their office deserves.
AN AMERICAN FEMALE,
Spokane, Washington, U.S.A.