Confronting Sexism in Sailing
Liz Fletcher
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Great article. Keep writing and sailing. However, as an elder female sailor, who has been sailing her entire life, I object to your use of girl(s). Yes, the SCA team, the media, the other VOC teams and the fans, referred to them as girls. These are women, as you are, and I find calling yourself a girl in sports, to be demeaning to not only the women but the girls. Language is powerful as you point out in your article, so I hope you’d call females that are grown past 18, women ! Language shapes our world, and it may seem like a small and insignificant thing to call women, girls, but it’s not.

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