ANSWERS: 4
  • With so much gender-bending going on, it appears that the confused prefer not to use any kind of identification that suggests their biological sex.
  • Yes and I like it
  • Always, for an unmarried woman, or if a married woman says she prefers it. Although it seems sort of silly to use it for married women, IMHO.
    • 1465
      It's been my understanding that "Ms." was used by a divorced woman who wants to assert her independence while retaining her married name - usually to incorporate it with her maiden name in the form of a hyphen. It seems stupid to me. If they were so dissatisfied in their marriage that they wanted away from their spouse, why would they want to keep the spouse's name? Those darned Liberals...
    • dalcocono
      I'm not really sure what the etiquette or protocol is for the term these days. That's just how I use it. If some woman corrects me then I use it how she asks. It's sort of like when a 50 year old divorcee want to be called "Senorita" in Spanish.
  • Only if I'm forced to use a title, which is not often. I don't even have to use my last name on my mail if I don't want to. It still gets here. I've even ordered purchases without using my last name. I put it in my computer as first name Linda last name Joy. But that's mostly because I don't particularly like my last name, I was only married for about 6 mos the last time. And to answer why would anyone keep the name? I didn't know what other name to use, I didn't hire a lawyer, didn't want to mess with a name change at work, and it costs about $80 last I checked to change it after the fact. I'm more offended at the use of a slave name to begin with (back when marriage was a legal transfer of property from your father to your husband) than the title. And I always thought Mrs. was for married Miss is for never married and Ms. is for 'its none of your business' but usually divorced.

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