Au Revoir

23 Feb 2012

Scott Sayare for The New York Times:

With nary a kiss to the hand nor tears of parting, the French government this week bids adieu to “mademoiselle.”

In a memo addressed to state administrators across France, Prime Minister François Fillon ordered the honorific — akin to “damsel” and the equivalent of “miss” — banished from official forms and registries.

While I think that this is a symbolic win at a time when there are more pressing battles to be fought, there is reason enough to celebrate — if not as a feminist victory than a personal one: I have never been able to say “mademoiselle” without making a fool of myself.

(Via Feministing)