Date: Thu, 5 Mar 1998 11:33:30 -0500
From: Alan Baragona baragonasa[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]VAX.VMI.EDU
Subject: Re: Ms.



These experiences brought me to this conclusion:

- When you live in a more traditional community, perhaps only
divorced or homosexual women, who have to brave being different
anyways, would use a less traditional term such as Ms.
- This may lead to the conclusion by others in such a community, that
the meaning of Ms. ACTUALLY IS "divorced, widowed or homosexual

This seems to me to be a very reasonable conclusion about what is going
on socially and psychologically.

- Obviously this was not the intent of those who first coined the
term! And hopefully we can continue to preserve its original sense,
that of NOT classifying women by their marital status.

Which leads to the question of whether or not the term's originally
intended use is salvageable in the face of widespread reinterpretation.

Alan B.