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The Trouble With “Females”

I have a problem with the word female. Or, more specifically, I have a problem with the way people use the word female.

Take this quote, from (this site is a whole series of posts in itself, but it’s one of the first places I noticed the use of female in a problematic way):

Some of the men accused of rape were innocent in the 2004 Air Force Academy onslaught of charges.

There were 56 cases of alleged sexual assault that allegedly happened between 1993 and 2000 at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Many of the females involved in the 56 cases of sexual assault were engaged in conduct such as drinking alcohol that could get them kicked out of the Air Force Academy. (Emphasis mine).

Note that, in this excerpt, men (for which the antonym is women) were accused of rape by females (for which the antonym ismales).