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Why I Stopped Saying “Hey Guys”

It didn’t feel right anymore.

Black male wearing blue and pink/red stripy tshirt, a silver necklace. Facial expression has one eyebrow raised, squinting.
How I might look when I hear that phrase — Photo by Ayo Ogunseinde on Unsplash

Heads up Medium: here’s the feminist in me speaking.

For years I had viewed the greeting “hey guys” as innocent. Its Dutch variant “Hey jongens” is also normalised as a term used to address a mixed-gender group. I never thought about it twice, until I was introduced to a different way.

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