Classic Episode: Hey, Ladies!


 Courtesy: Edwardian Ball
Courtesy: Edwardian Ball

The word "lady" has undergone a reclamation of sorts in recent years, but it still carries a lot of baggage, thanks to its gender-loaded etymology. Cristen and Caroline get down to the history, use and varying meanings of what it means to be a "lady" today.

Episode sources:

"A Ladylike Comeback" by Elizabeth Reid Boyd. Dec. 09, 2011. Sydney Morning Herald. http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/society-and-culture/a-ladylike-comeback-20111208-1ol9f.html

"Hey 'Ladies': The unlikely revival of a fusty old label" by Ann Friedman. Jan. 27, 2013. http://www.newrepublic.com/article/112188/how-word-lady-has-evolved

"State of the Lady" by Kate Wadkins. Feb. 27, 2013. Idiom Magazine. http://idiommag.com/2013/02/state-of-the-lady/

"Who're You Calling a Lady?" by Leah Berkenwald. July 21, 2011. Ms. http://msmagazine.com/blog/2011/07/21/whore-you-calling-a-lady/

"Grrrl, You'll Be a Lady Soon" by Rachel Fudge. 2001. Bitch. http://bitchmagazine.org/article/grrrl-youll-be-lady-soon

"'Girls? Ladies? Folks?' Here's A Visual Guide To What You Should Call That Group Of Individuals" by Kashmir Hill. Jan. 30, 2013. Business Insider. http://www.forbes.com/sites/kashmirhill/2013/01/30/girls-ladies-folks-heres-a-visual-guide-to-what-you-should-call-that-group-of-individuals/

"The History of Being a Lady" by Sara Sheridan. April 04, 2013. Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/sara-sheridan/history-being-a-lady_b_3005856.html

"Progeny of Title IX prove as tough as males" by Christine Brennan. July 23, 2008. USA Today. http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/columnist/brennan/2008-07-23-brawl-comment_N.htm

"The Lady Is a Feminist...Or Is She?" by Angie Andriot. Oct. 05, 2011. Sociology in Focus. http://www.sociologyinfocus.com/2011/10/05/the-lady-is-a-feminist-or-is-she/

"Women & Girls." Aug. 26, 2007. Female Science Professor. http://science-professor.blogspot.com/2006/08/women-girls.html

"Not A Girl, Not Yet A: When Did You Start Calling Girls Women?" by Kate Conway. Feb.08, 2013. XO Jane. http://www.xojane.com/relationships/not-a-girl-not-yet-a-when-did-you-start-calling-ladies-women

Academic Insights:

"Lady: Still a Feminist Four-Letter Word?" by Elizabeth Reid Boyd. 2012. Women & Language. http://ro.ecu.edu.au/ecuworks2012/707/

"Ladies!" Episode 0114. The Critical Lede. http://thecriticallede.com/0114-ladies/

Topics in this Podcast: ladies, girls, gendered language, language, feminism, gender, women