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E10Rifle
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Couldn't help notice, idly perusing the PA wires earlier, that Fulham Ladies were playing Charlton Women today (the Addicks won 7-2). What's with the "ladies/women" distinction? Is it a re-emergence of old "gentlemen v players" faultlines? Or a reflection of the nuanced gender politics of various teams (perhaps the Fulham team are genteel conservatives, whereas the Charlton side are strident fembos)?

Anyway, just a banal whimsical observation.

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All I know is that if you'd used the word 'ladies' around anyone in the Women's Group at Brum University in the mid-1980s, you probably wouldn't still be here to tell the tale. The dodgy sports editor on our campus rag celebrated a win by the university womens' hockey side with the notorious banner headline Well Done Ladies, which caused a furore, though not from the hockey team. It may just be coincidence, but I haven't seen him since.
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The 7th Baron Bartok
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Odd that any of these women's teams should be called "ladies" really. On the other side of the gender divide, gentlemen have barely played association football since it was hi-jacked by professionals in the 1880s.
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In this specific case Fulham Women and called that because they couldn't have the name Fulham Ladies apparently.
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Amor de Cosmos
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A de C jr always refers to his girlfriend as "his lady." She doesn't seem to mind, it's kinda quaint in a sixties sort of way.
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Chicks?
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jason voorhees
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When coaching, I always scream "girls", as in "let's go girls." Some coaches think that since the players are grown up, it has to be "let's go ladies." But ladies sounds awful, and only sounds great when they use it in the Marines during Boot Camp. "Let's go ladies ! Get up that wall GOGOGO !"
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My name is Mumpo
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why even be gender specific? won't "let's go!" do the trick just as well?
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quote:
But ladies sounds awful, and only sounds great when they use it in the Marines during Boot Camp. "Let's go ladies ! Get up that wall GOGOGO !"
My 7th grade PE teacher always called us boys ladies, and only used our last names.

Similarly along M.E.'s post, why do they need "Ladies" or "Women" in their name at all? There wouldn't be people getting confused, would there? Some womens' collegiate sports teams use this descriptive, like Tennessee's Lady Vols.

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Penn State uses "Lady Lions," but I think that's falling out of fashion. The only team that still seems to use that is the basketball team and that may just be because Rene Portland is a homophobic conservative.

I once was involved in an massive impromptu multi-sided debate at college as to whether or not it was acceptible to refer to female college students (or college-age females) as "girls." My feeling was that it was no big deal, but my RA insisted that anything other than "women" was offensive.

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