Ms. vs. Miss vs Mrs.: Are Women's Marital Status Titles Obsolete?
A debate is brewing over whether we still need women's marital status titles like Mrs., Miss and Ms., or whether they're sexist, antiquated and should go the way of the dinosaur into extinction.
"I like being a Mrs.," writes Sasha Brown-Worsham over at The Stir. "Even with my feminist leanings and 1970s-era feminist mom who would be annoyed with me saying so, the title Mrs. has never really bothered me."
Consider the example given by Huffington Post blogger Barbara Hannah Grufferman, who cites Germany's language evolution. They once used "Fraulein" (the equivalent of "Miss") to describe any unmarried woman, regardless of age, and "Frau" to refer to a married woman. More recently, all women have come to be known as "Fraus," no matter what their marital status.
"It's not a written law, per se," explains Grufferman. "But it has become part of the collective consciousness of the German people, and the standard. Why can't the United States figure this out?"
Later on, she clarifies, "As happily married as I am, and as connected to my husband as I am, I would still like to see -- some day -- a shift to one title that doesn't define us by marital status or age."
So what do you think? Is being called "Mrs." just a part of what you sign up for when you get married, or should we do away with the distinctions? Do you like marital status titles or resent them?
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