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Ladies, what comes to your mind when you hear the word ‘female’? Now fellas, what comes to your mind when you hear the word ‘female’ and what comes to your mind as you’re saying the word?

Is the word “female” toxic or nah? For many women, especially women of color, the word female sometimes just comes off as derogatory. Most men are probably like, “Really? What’s wrong with the word female? I use it all the time and I don’t use it in an offensive way.”

However, to women, the word is just very uncomfortable. I break down the reasons why we as women feel the way do when we hear the word ‘female’.