Is the word “female” offensive? Tom Slowikowski offers up a thought experiment to test that out.
He urges people to substitute the word “male” anytime a synonym is used — by yourself or others.
“Those guys” becomes “those males.”
“That man” becomes “that male.”
Try it out. As Tom asks, do you feel devalued? Objectified? Dehumanized? Depersonalized?
Or did you not mind at all?