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Is it offensive to refer to females as "Chicks?"

Is it offensive to refer to females as "Chicks?"
« on: December 03, 2008, 01:57:53 AM »
Some girl at work showed visible anger and disapproval for using "chicks" to refer to girls. She said it's ok to call men boys since they are both human beings. She thinks "chicks" is degrading since it's an animal. huh?

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Re: Is it offensive to refer to females as "Chicks?"
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2008, 05:34:20 AM »
Well then, tell her the following descriptors are offensive:

Hunk
Stud
Stallion
Beefcake
etc.

I'm sure she'll agree.

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Re: Is it offensive to refer to females as "Chicks?"
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2008, 06:53:51 AM »
If "boys" is okay because "boys" and "men" are both humans, then why isn't "chicks" okay because both "chicks" and "female homo sapiens" are both animals?

Re: Is it offensive to refer to females as "Chicks?"
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2008, 08:02:05 AM »
i once knew a lefty feminist who used the term "chicks" to refer to women.  it confused the living hell out of me.

I use it sometimes.  I'm pretty thoughtless about a lot of stuff.

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Re: Is it offensive to refer to females as "Chicks?"
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2008, 09:11:54 AM »
Yea “chicks” can be offensive, so I try whenever possible to avoid any misunderstanding and to use non loaded terms for women like: honey, female dog, and the ubiquitous “you people.”

Re: Is it offensive to refer to females as "Chicks?"
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2008, 11:53:27 AM »
Yea “chicks” can be offensive, so I try whenever possible to avoid any misunderstanding and to use non loaded terms for women like: honey, female dog, and the ubiquitous “you people.”

Matthies, you make me lol.

Re: Is it offensive to refer to females as "Chicks?"
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2008, 11:53:35 AM »
just call 'em broads  :D

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Re: Is it offensive to refer to females as "Chicks?"
« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2008, 12:06:31 PM »
I like the British term 'bird' applied to a female.  For that matter, I also like their use of the word 'fit' to mean 'hot'.

Re: Is it offensive to refer to females as "Chicks?"
« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2008, 12:09:11 PM »
I like the British term 'bird' applied to a female.  For that matter, I also like their use of the word 'fit' to mean 'hot'.
I like the taking the lift

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Re: Is it offensive to refer to females as "Chicks?"
« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2008, 06:52:28 PM »
If "boys" is okay because "boys" and "men" are both humans, then why isn't "chicks" okay because both "chicks" and "female homo sapiens" are both animals?

because the latter is dehumanizing, presumably.

i once knew a lefty feminist who used the term "chicks" to refer to women.  it confused the living hell out of me.

I'm a lefty-ish feminist-ish person.  I think taking your husband's name is sexist.  I think a lot of marriage-related traditions are sexist.  I think a lot of the ways that men speak to and about women are sexist.
 
And I use the term chick all the time.  My dearest female friend, a greater leftist and feminist than I, is not offended by the term.  I found it interesting that the lecture I got about using that term was from a man.

Chick is just old-fashioned slang.  I wouldn't recommend someone speak that way at work, but I see nothing wrong with saying "this chick I met ...." 

I certainly wouldn't put chick in the same category of "offensive" as a lot of the words I see used for females, e.g. b-i-t-c-h, ho (or is it hoe?), whore, female private part.  People use those terms all the time.  The first two are even used when someone isn't intending to insult women.

If a man's most un-gentlemanly attribute is referring to women as "chicks," I'd say that's a pretty great man (or boy, or guy, or dude).