I'm a Miss and I'm not afraid to use it
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In a world of increasing gender equality, the issue of salutations remains complicated. Whilst recently completing some research, I wanted to look into the ratings of various journals. A search through my university library recommended a journal guide, and as I clicked through to register I was met with a dilemma. When entering by personal details I could choose many salutations, from Mr and Mrs, to Lord and Lady. I could have been a Professor or a Doctor, a Sir or a Right Honourable. However, what I couldn't be was a Miss. The status-ambiguous honorific Ms, yes, but not Miss. In one fell swoop, the website had denied me the identity I choose for myself for the sake of political correctness. Ms first arose in the 17th Century, but only really began to grow in usage during the 1970s. It's use is in no way an unattractive proposal: a salutation which need never change during the course of a woman's life, akin to the way a man, upon reaching maturity, can lay claim to Mr until his dying day. By using Ms, a woman can be single, married or divorced and nobody need ever know. After all, whose business is it anyway? Certainly not that of a work colleague or online shop.
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