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DEAR MISS MANNERS: The term Mrs. makes me puke. Is it OK if I address all women as Ms., even if I know they prefer Mrs.?
The way I see it, Mrs. is a sexist term that reinforces sexist norms every time it's uttered, but the word Ms. is harmless.
I want to make the world a less sexist place. My mom says I'm being rude. Who's right?
GENTLE READER: Your mother.
And didn't she teach you that deliberately ignoring other people's wishes is not a way to make the world a better place? And to state your beliefs in less offensive terms?
If people paid more attention to their mothers' pronouncements, Miss Manners' job would be a lot easier.
(Please send your questions to Miss Manners at her website, www.missmanners.com; to her email, email@example.com; or through postal mail to Miss Manners, Andrews McMeel Syndication, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106.)
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