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The Associated Press has had enough of the word “mistress” and has warned everyone not to utter the now awful, sexist word.
In an update Tuesday, the AP demanded that we stop using the word “mistress,” claiming it is offensive and wrong. Instead, the AP says to call a woman who is in a long-term sexual relationship with a married man a “friend.”
Don't use the term mistress for a woman who is in a long-term sexual relationship with, and is financially supported by, a man who is married to someone else. Instead, use an alternative like companion, friend or lover on first reference and provide additional details later.
— APStylebook (@APStylebook) April 13, 2021
How does “lover” change anything?
As for “friend,” divorcing someone over a “friend” seems like it could get confusing for the public, especially in celebrity divorces.
“What are you mad about? I told you I was hanging out with my ‘friend’ last night.”
The AP doesn’t have much credibility these days anyway. Last month, it warned staffers about the dangers of calling the migrant surge at the border a “crisis.” Hmm, so lie and say it isn’t a crisis, even though it is?
Nevertheless, I root for all marriages and hate to see a “friend” ruin one.