Classic Episode: Hey, Ladies!

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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.

"Hey 'Ladies': The unlikely revival of a fusty old label" by Ann Friedman. Jan. 27, 2013.

"State of the Lady" by Kate Wadkins. Feb. 27, 2013. Idiom Magazine.

"Who're You Calling a Lady?" by Leah Berkenwald. July 21, 2011. Ms.

"Grrrl, You'll Be a Lady Soon" by Rachel Fudge. 2001. Bitch.

"'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.

"The History of Being a Lady" by Sara Sheridan. April 04, 2013. Huffington Post.

"Progeny of Title IX prove as tough as males" by Christine Brennan. July 23, 2008. USA Today.

"The Lady Is a Feminist...Or Is She?" by Angie Andriot. Oct. 05, 2011. Sociology in Focus.

"Women & Girls." Aug. 26, 2007. Female Science Professor.

"Not A Girl, Not Yet A: When Did You Start Calling Girls Women?" by Kate Conway. Feb.08, 2013. XO Jane.

Academic Insights:

"Lady: Still a Feminist Four-Letter Word?" by Elizabeth Reid Boyd. 2012. Women & Language.

"Ladies!" Episode 0114. The Critical Lede.

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