Posts tagged "mademoiselle"

Au Revoir, “Mademoiselle”: French Town Ditches “Sexist Title”

A French town has decided it is sexist to refer to women by their marital status and will no longer be using the word "mademoiselle" — which means unmarried woman — on official documents. Cesson-Sevigne in Brittany stopped using "mademoiselle" on January 1 and  will henceforth refer to all women as "madame," which is the term…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 9, 2012

Today’s Lady News: French Women Say Au Revoir To “Mademoiselle”

Parlez-vous feminism? French feminists are storming the Bastille (not really) over use of the honorific "mademoiselle," which means "miss," because they say it is demeaning to define women by their marital status. I wholeheartedly agree and appreciate the 1970s' feminists who popularized use of the term "Ms." as a general honorific for women. French feminist…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 28, 2011