Writing on Vox, Jenée Desmond-Harris has finally been convinced that saying "you guys" is sexist, enforces "male privilege" in culture, and is similar to calling black people "negros."
Saying "guys" is "creeping sexism," according to a Tumblr post Desmond-Harris refers to. Desmond-Harris says that she used to use "guys" very often in the past, but has come to the realization that "guys has got to go."
"Guys" is gendered, Desmond-Harris explains, and that could possibly be alienating to women.
Desmond-Harris suggests these alternatives: "Friends, Folks, Everyone, Colleagues, Gang, Team, Y'all, Guys and girls."
Surprisingly, Desmond-Harris has no problem with the word "gang," which clearly denotes a criminal element.
In the end Desmond-Harris concludes, "If you get a jump on changing now, you can avoid being like your grandfather who is still saying "negro" because he doesn't mean anything by it and that's what they used to say in his day and he doesn't see the point of evolving. Don't get left behind, y'all/friends/everyone/folks."
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