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Old January 7th, 2011, 8:36 pm
Muggle_Magic  Male.gif Muggle_Magic is offline
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Re: Feminism: Definitions and Opinions

On the topic of addressing women in traditionally male positions. I don't remember where I read it, but it seems that the first two women to be elected at the Académie française were addressed as "Monsieur."

One new male member was berated because he made the mistake of starting his maiden speech with "Mesdames, Messieurs".

It struck me as I was typing it - the term "maiden speech" for the first speech of someone elected to a high position, whatever the person's gender.


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