I am not a girl, so don’t call me that. I am a woman, una mujer, female. To those of you who are monolingual (and you have my sympathies on that) girl may not be such a big deal. To me the word girl means niÃ±a, which means little girl.
I’m approaching my 26th birthday, why would anyone want to call me niÃ±a? Why would anyone dare, unless they were making a comment on my maturity, my capability, my authority, my status? When someone says, “I met a girl…” I get a mental picture of an 8-year-old en trenzas. If someone said “ConocÃ a una niÃ±a . . .” it would sound funny, peculiar and absurd if they were talking about anyone over the age of 13.
I won’t even go into the Feminist views on the word girl, most of which I share just on principle. I am not a niÃ±a, so don’t call me girl and I’ll promise not to assign any four-letter words to you either.