French feminists say “non” to “mademoiselle”

“Mademoiselle,” say feminists, separates women into two categories in a manner men aren’t subjected to. The corresponding title for males, “damoiseau,” which translates roughly into squire, disappeared from use nearly a century ago. Feminists say using the generic “madame,” like “monsieur,” will create the same rules for both genders. They also claim leaving out “mademoiselle” will cut down on opportunities for discrimination and harassment.

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