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