If you're used to speaking the word "guys" — particularly when addressing a mixed-gender group — you might want to think about changing your ways.
At least that's what a left-wing producer from NowThis News said in a Monday video during which she explained in great detail — complete with historical background — why saying "guys" is "lazy," "inconsiderate," and "reinforces the gender hierarchy."
"Guys" is among "many male default terms" that "should not be normalized," Foluké Tuakli declared.
She also noted that saying "guys" has the effect of "only addressing the men in the room" and that its "cognitive impact on women and gender non-conforming folk" by must be faced.
Oh, but don't worry — Tuakli added that "you're not a bad feminist" if the word "guys" slips from your mouth every once in a while. After all, she noted that "there are larger issues that we, the feminists, need to combat: reproductive rights, rape culture, violence against women, LGBTQ rights, and the general reprogramming of most peoples' minds when it comes to the valuation of women in society."
"General reprogramming of most peoples' minds," eh?
Oh, but there's more.
She also said that by embarking on this not-saying-"guys"-anymore mission, "you're one small step away from making a more conscious effort to dismantle the patriarchy."
Tuakli even offered some words you can utter in lieu of a "Hey, guys" greeting, such as, "Good morning, everyone" and "Hi, y'all." And when in doubt, she noted, "say nothing at all."
"I challenge you to take an extra point-five seconds to think about what comes out of your mouth before you say it," Tuakli added.
That said, ladies and gentlemen — although that phrase also has been deemed politically incorrect — check out the video:
‘Hey guys’ seems innocuous, but here’s why you might want to try a different greeting https://t.co/3Ep4Nmjf3d— NowThis (@NowThis)1568048580.0
(H/T: Louder With Crowder)