I am an environmentalist and
regularly send letters and sign petitions.
When I sign my name, I have to choose a
prefix such as Miss, Mrs., or Ms. This
bothers me greatly since I am labeling
myself such that I am giving away the fact
that I am unmarried or divorced, etc. I
think that all labels for women should
be the same as it is for the Mr. Perhaps
all women should go by Ms. instead of all
We are in a new age, I think
we should take the next step. Do you know
if there is any activism concerning the
prefix labeling of women? If so, could
you please give me the information? Thank
you very much.
I appreciate your time.
I share your frustration
and I usually just leave it blank. And
in the instance of my addressing others,
I usually just use first and last names,
i.e. John and Jane Smith.
I think the labels
are often unnecessary and formal perhaps,
but in a forced way. Ms. was an attempt
to remedy this, the Mr. for women,
regardless of her marital status.But unfortunately,
it immediately took on a more political
connotation, which made people less likely
to embrace it. I haven't heard of any recent
movements, but I do think that many people
are still pushing for Ms. to be the only
choice for women, just like Mr. is the
only choice for men.
I hope that helps,