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More polly goodness

I'm having a bit of a discussion (in a locked post) about the connotations of the word girl. So I shall post a poll, because that's always fun. Feel free to expand or criticize or whatever in the comments!

Would you describe yourself as a girl?

No, I'm not female.
12(24.5%)
Yes
8(16.3%)
Maybe, but it's not the first term that would come to mind.
21(42.9%)
No, I'm too old.
4(8.2%)
No, I hate that word!
0(0.0%)

If someone else described you as a girl, how would you feel?

They got my gender wrong!
8(15.7%)
It would seem reasonable.
4(7.8%)
I wouldn't mind, but it would be strange.
5(9.8%)
I would be offended.
1(2.0%)
It depends on the context.
17(33.3%)
I would be flattered.
0(0.0%)
I would think they were a sexist pig.
0(0.0%)

Who can reasonably be described using the word girl?

Actual female children
3(6.2%)
Young women
0(0.0%)
Women of any age and status
0(0.0%)
Unmarried women
0(0.0%)
Women the speaker is interested in romantically
0(0.0%)
Women who are markedly femme / feminine
0(0.0%)
A partner, in the compound word girlfriend
0(0.0%)
Women as opposed to men
0(0.0%)
Women the speaker knows reasonably well
0(0.0%)
Any women, if the speaker is female
0(0.0%)

You're getting to know a potential romantic interest, and he talks about the kind of girl he's looking for. How would you react?

That would never happen (for gender or similar reasons).
10(19.6%)
I wouldn't notice / care about the choice of phrase.
16(31.4%)
It would be ok if he were quite young.
1(2.0%)
It might bother me.
5(9.8%)
It would bother me a lot.
0(0.0%)
It would definitely put me off taking things any further.
0(0.0%)
That's not an appropriate subject in that context.
1(2.0%)
I would use the information to decide whether we were compatible.
2(3.9%)
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