On using the word “Lady”

I commend this excellent critique of “lady” this and “lady” that culture, but we here at Ladies of Habit will use the term anyway because:

a) If we tried to stop all of our annoying feminine speech patterns (up-speak, vocal fry, overuse of superlatives) it would take up all our energy.

b) Let’s reclaim lady from its strangely diminutive contemporary meaning. I think when we say ladies we mean older, habituated, and competent women. (Did you see how I qualified my final statement? That’s, unfortunately, one of my feminine speech patterns)


Dana is a graduate student and nanny in New York City

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