Grafton alto | Martin Comm III tenor
Yes it is presumptuous. Reading it again just now I wonder if it has been edited since I first saw it. I think it is definitely a bit too superficial really, not great journalism.I'd respect her wishes, but it's incredibly presumptuous to seek to admonish other women (or men) for addressing each other that way
But it’s all about context.
But as for the "guys" thing, I disagree with Jane Garvey. I can understand thinking it is often as a (sexist) assumption of maleness, but (IMO) can also be used without that, or without the assumption having any sexist connotations at all.
I think we all know that it’s OK to use certain language amongst people you know well. I might use some swear words at home in front of my wife or close friends, but not when I’m out shopping or on SOTW.
Many of us follow the guideline of if in doubt, don’t do it as you never know who might hear you.
And while I do think some people are over sensitive, there are also people who think nobody (whether they are a disadvantaged minority or not) has any right to be offended. Which is ironic as they themselves may seem to be offended by the curtailing of a perceived right to freedom of speech.