Men are encouraged by society to seem mature, strong, and dignified, women are encouraged by society to seem young and pretty.
It's denigrating either way -- unless of course they are actually little kids
I don't know, but I reserve the right to call my son "boy" no matter how old he gets.
I prefer not to be called a girl as I'm too old to be a girl.
woman = of man / wife of man. Woman who has married; or who has achieved in life; who has had child
girl = to dress up to dress. Girl is a young woman, possibly virginal, and certainly nulliparous
which is more sexist?
and does it matter?
It is quite common in the Southern US- ie, what are you boys drinkin'?, Me and the boys are gonna get back onstage and play some tunes, etc...Maybe it's a country thing?
In the UK it's often referred to as men being 'boys' collectively. e.g. "A night out on the town with the boys" or "A night out on the town with they lads." Women do exactly the same thing "A girls night out." I'm guessing that there is a right place to use the words.
I can't thank of any instance I have ever called a lady a girl in seriousness, but I'm know I would do/would have done in jestful humour; I'm equally sure that women do the same. Some men would say it as a term of endearment and it would be taken well in the same way it would if a woman says it.
Short of it being spoken to annoy somone, there is a time and place I think 'boy' and 'girl' are acceptable *if* we take them in the way intended.
because evolutionary-psychology speaking, youth is a desirable quality in women, younger women are more likely to be able to bare and care for children so calling a woman a girl can be construed as a compliment whereas older men are favourable as they are more likely to be able to provide well for their offspring, so to call a man a boy might be considered an insult.
Because it just is
CAUSE IT SOUNDS PRETTY WEIRD LOL
i think some people say it without thinking. when they say girls they only mean "the female"
women like to be called anything that makes them seem younger, hotter. Guys don't like to be referred to as being young & immature