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Female Labels: Offensive or Oversensitive?

It seems like in this day and age you can’t turn on the television or radio talk show without hearing slang labels for women. Most of the time, they don’t bother me. Things like that roll off of my back. I have other things to worry about like if I’m pre-menopausal or who hid my husband’s keys (again) or why there is a pile of unused diaper wipes making a ski slope for the baby doll in the living room.

You know, important stuff.

However, lately I’ve been giving the slang words for women a lot of thought. As we raise a third daughter in this family, is my complacency really giving permission for people to demean them (us) with words?

Let’s take a closer look at some of the words floating around for women.

Slang Terms for Women

  • Babe: This word seems offensive to me for a woman. However, I call my husband this as a term of endearment. Double standard?
  • Honey: I don’t like to be called this by anyone, especially strangers.
  • Chick: I have to admit, I use this word. Not often, but I do use it.
  • Girl: I’m guilty of this one, too. I find myself referring to other women in my group as “girls.” It’s more of an endearment to me than a put-down.
  • MILF: (Mothers I’d Like to …. you fill in the blank)
  • Cougar: Older women who seek out younger men.

Should women worry about what we’re being called? Are some slang terms that offend you not mentioned here? Sound off below.


Along with being a contributor to, Jacqueline Wilson is: Appalachia Advocate~Supporter of Women~Writer~Accidental Pit Bull Advocate.


  1. Heather

    November 15, 2010 at 8:04 am

    I don’t like the labels either and as a woman and mother of four daughters I teach my girls to define themselves. We have to fight against many things. I have found when I worked in the business world and I was assertive to get my projects through, I could be considered a b*tch (which is my least fav label for women) yet when my male cohorts were even more aggressive they were described as ambitious. Go figure.

    We have the opportunity to define ourselves. Regardless of what “label” someone wants to slap on me, I define me and I am very happy with the me I am:)

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