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French Bid Adieu to Mademoiselle!

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The French government has decided to ban the use of the word 'mademoiselle' from official forms because two feminist groups, Osez le Feminism and Chiens de Garde, protested that 'mademosielle', which means young female virgin is applied to women but the French do not use a term like Mondamoiseau for a young male virgin - so there is no similar term for men like the mademoiselle for women!

So in France now be careful about throwing the term mademoiselle around!

All explained in the above link to today's New York Times article.

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