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Judith Martin, Nicholas Ivor Martin and Jacobina Martin on

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.

 

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