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Google results for:

"I like girls" - 26,500
"I like men"   - 21,200
"I like women" - 13,500
"I like boys"  -  6,900

I believe this is revealing.

Elliot Temple on October 18, 2004

Messages (3)

What do you think it reveals?

I can't tell that it reveals anything other than that people are more likely to call young women "girls" than to call young men "boys".

I think this is as likely to be the preference of the young women themselves as anything else.

Gil at 11:16 AM on October 19, 2004 | #1149 | reply | quote

Which do you prefer?

Anonymous at 12:32 PM on October 19, 2004 | #1150 | reply | quote

i mostly say "girl" and "guy" i think. i don't want to use separate words for young and old people, and i don't want to only use the adult words b/c I don't consider being an adult good/special/different, but the words kinda imply it is. but calling adults younger words implies they aren't special, which i like.

and yes i know "guy" has much weaker age connotations than the other words.


it shows some preference for younger females, older males. in our culture, not by one gender.

Elliot at 1:25 PM on October 19, 2004 | #1151 | reply | quote

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