The Associated Press Re-Defines the Word ‘Mistress’ Out of Woke Concerns
I realize that American culture has long held double standards regarding sexual behavior, that men are allowed to be slutty, which only enhances their reputations among some, but if a woman is slutty, she gets referring to as a great big whore.
So yes, I am sympathetic to a point with the AP’s rationale behind this – but – I don’t fully support it.
Rather than holding men equally accountable for reprehensible behavior, “woke” moves like this one just seem to be watering down the same egregious behavior when committed by women. I myself don’t approve or EITHER biological sex committing adultery.
The Associated Press Stylebook, which has traditionally set standards for language usage within the media landscape, mystified Twitter users Tuesday when it tweeted a reality-bending, wrist-slapping admonishment.
“Don’t use the term mistress for a woman who is in a long-term sexual relationship with, and is financially supported by, a man who is married to someone else. Instead, use an alternative like companion, friend or lover on first reference and provide additional details later,” the tweet read.
Of course, goomah is a much better term.
The announcement led many to wonder which mistress had taken control of the account, and what is truly wrong with the word mistress.
It also spurred a joke-fest with people tweeting alternatives to mistress, like “side piece” or “homewrecker.”
NPR reporter Susan Davis tweeted: “His wife probably has some words she’d also like to use to describe her.”
Author and mathematician James Lindsey wrote: “I call her whatever I want. You call her mom.”
Though it surfaced yesterday on social media, the AP Stylebook’s policy regarding the word mistress dates to 2016, when it said to avoid the word (Link): because there was no male equivalent.
Then in 2020, the AP grew stronger in its woke feminist convictions, saying it was banning the word because it was “archaic and sexist.”
“We now say not to use the archaic and sexist term ‘mistress’ for a woman in a long-term sexual relationship with, and financially supported by, a man who is married to someone else. Instead, use an alternative like companion or lover on first reference.”
(Link): Supposedly Woman-Honoring and Pro-Marriage Focus On the Family Group Wants Wives to Blame Themselves If or When Their Husbands Commit Adultery – Re: Book: ‘How God Used the Other Woman,’ by Tina Konkin