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We Can’t Say You Guys Anymore, You Guys

June 11, 2015

Our intellectual betters at VOX have decided that it’s no longer appropriate to say “You Guys” unless you’re speaking to an actual group of guys…

Why I’m finally convinced it’s time to stop saying “you guys”

The tech startup npm recently blogged about the unusual challenge some of its employees have agreed to participate in: they put a dollar in a glass jar every time they say “you guys.”

“We didn’t invent the idea, though I’m not sure where we first heard about it,” reads the company’s explanation on Tumblr. “But the idea is: if you believe that using the word ‘guys’ to describe a mixed-gender group of individuals is creeping sexism, and are trying to eliminate that word from your casual use, you put a dollar in the jar every time you do it accidentally.”

Yes, “creeping sexism.”

Ace has a few thoughts on this which you should read.

Also, someone might want to inform the president and the first lady…

I guess this means the classic 70’s show for kids “The Electric Company” is now off limits…

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Steve permalink
    June 11, 2015 10:09 pm

    “Titles Are Not Accomplishments” – Carly Fiorina Ad

  2. June 11, 2015 10:51 pm

    Speaking for myself, I only began using this in polite company when I saw girls/ women using it left, right and center. Before that, I presumed it might be perceived as sexist and held back.

  3. Micha Elyi permalink
    June 11, 2015 11:15 pm

    I have seen females use “you guys” to address each other. Of course, by doing so they were sexist, aggressively so. Females addressing other females as “you guys” is another example of female colonization and aggression against men’s space.

    There is already a word for addressing females in a casual context, “gals”. Yes, there are feminists who insist that is sexist and misogynist but just because some female finds “gals” contrary to her personal aesthetic does not make the word misogynous nor sexist.

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