I,COve Earned the Right to Be a Mrs

Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia), April 16, 2013 | Go to article overview

I,COve Earned the Right to Be a Mrs


MY MUM was filling in an online form the other day when she came across a question that had her stumped.

Actually, it was one of the first questions on the short form she had to fill in.

It was: Are you C[pounds sterling]MrC[yen] or C[pounds sterling]MsC[yen].

Her problem is that she is neither.

She, like me and thousands of others in this country, is proudly a C[pounds sterling]MrsC[yen].

But this questionnaire for a competition she was hoping to enter couldnCOt have been bothered to waste the space to include the extra category.

I too have found an increasing propensity to drop the C[pounds sterling]rC[yen] out of C[pounds sterling]MrsC[yen] and stick to the politically correct, shorter, honorific.

After all, statistically, it is far more likely for a woman to be C[pounds sterling]MsC[yen] and that justifies it, right?

I donCOt think so.

Those of us who have paid the thousands (and sometimes hundreds of thousands) for a wedding and have a ring on our finger have surely earned the right to the full title?

Imagine if you were at your General PractitionerCOs office and after the consultation and heCOd written out the script you gave him a cheque that was made out to a C[pounds sterling]MrC[yen] instead of a C[pounds sterling]DrC[yen]. …

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