Let’s examine this:
Miss is a word for a woman that has not been married.
Mrs. is an abbreviation of the word Mistress, used as a title for a woman that is married or widowed.
Ms. is a title used for a woman whose marital status is unknown or irrelevant (as in business).
The letters Ms. are not an abbreviation of a word, they are an amalgamation drawn from the letters of Miss and Mrs.
On the other hand, a man is just a mister (Mr.)
You see men don’t have to determine their sexual availability like women.
Laila Alsabahi (via goodpeopledosomething)
I remember some gobshite in the bank tried to tell me I couldn’t be down as Ms. because that was for divorced women. like, what. I can decide which title I get, asshole. This was another woman, too. We do love internalising that shit.
I always use Ms. (can’t wait to use Dr!) and when I was living in the UK my friend said ‘Ms’ is for spinsters and that I should use ‘Miss’.
I’ll use whatever damn title I want and if I don’t want a title I won’t use it.
…I wonder if I can put Viscount on a credit card form…?
Simone de Beauvoir
don’t call a woman “mannish” or “masculine” without asking yourself whether the characteristics you’re referring to actually have something to do with maleness, or have simply historically been considered too human for women to have access to.