29 June 2007

Ms, Miss or Mrs?

An article from the Guardian about the title Ms and how no-one uses it or see it as important anymore. To the point where an American company defines it as "the legal definition of Ms was a woman who was formerly married." What?

I still use it, though mainly on forms where it's an option, if not I'll add it where possible.

What title do you use on forms, or in real life? Does it get a reaction?


woodscolt said...

I like this:
"I adopted Ms from the first time I heard it. And since the title was designed for bureaucracy it was accepted immediately by bureaucracy."

See - it makes administrative sense as well, so that no one has to spend time finding out whether the person they are about to send a letter to is married or not!

Scarlett McQueen said...

I have always, always been a Ms. Interesting you say this though, as my brother said yesterday he thought Ms = Miss (i.e. unmarried woman).

I can see sometimes that people kind of assume from this that I'm just a stroppy feminist, but, hey, they'd be bang on the money.

sphamilton said...

I've been Ms ever since I encountered the term, and am being baffled by the number of apparently intelligent women in their 20s and 30s on the GU Talk thread discussing this who claim simply never to have thought about it. And who, when it's explained, can't see why it matters that women's marital status is made a matter of public knowledge, but men's is not.

Leaving aside the posters who feel compelled to post that they just can't WAIT to move from 'Miss' to 'Mrs'... (look at me I have a BOYFRIEND, a REAL LIFE BOYFRIEND).

sphamilton said...

PS and I've never had any reaction to using 'Ms' apart from the occasional mishearing.

Juliet said...

When someone was writing out my name recently and I verbally specified "Ms", she spelt it "Mz".

Still, it's a start.