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"You can be my girl I can be your man" Sexist song lyric?
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Author:  Fooge [ Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:27 am ]
Post subject:  "You can be my girl I can be your man" Sexist song lyric?

"You can be my girl I can be your man" is the line in a Pitbull song. Is it sexist to use "girl" and "man" as equivalents instead of using either "woman" and "man" or "girl" and "boy"?

Author:  Zaarin [ Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:42 am ]
Post subject:  Re: "You can be my girl I can be your man" Sexist song lyric

I think it's contextual. Calling a woman a "girl" can be patronizing or it can be endearing. Less talked about is that the same is true of calling a man a "boy." It depends on whether the person being called such is okay with it and whether the person doing the calling intends it to be endearing or demeaning. Also I'm under the impression that some women like a strong man who they feel takes charge in a relationship; I am not for such a woman nor is such a woman for me, but nevertheless they exist.

Author:  LinguistCat [ Sun Jul 08, 2018 12:11 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: "You can be my girl I can be your man" Sexist song lyric

I think, the general tendency to call adult women "girls" almost by default when adult men of the same age (or younger) are called men is sexist, but as Zaarin said, there is a level of context needed.

Author:  Vijay [ Sun Jul 08, 2018 12:14 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: "You can be my girl I can be your man" Sexist song lyric

I agree, and also, I read the previous message, stupid old board.

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