Thursday, October 27, 2016
Oxford English Dictionary REFUSES to remove 'offensive' term 'Essex girl' despite 3,000 signature petition
The Oxford English Dictionary publisher insisted today that it will not remove the term 'Essex girl' after a campaign that has attracted 3,000 signatures.
The petition was started by two mothers who claim the term 'pigeonholes' women into an 'appalling stereotype', and they have organised a meeting with the publisher.
Natasha Sawkins, 34, and Juliet Thomas, 32, reacted after the term became recognised in the dictionary to describe 'unintelligent and materialistic' women.
But Oxford University Press, which publishes the OED, said it cannot make changes as a result of a petition, 'as this would go against our descriptive editorial policy and undermine the evidence-based approach that our dictionaries are built on'.
The two former Bloomberg executives claim the phrase is not reflective of Essex women and that those living in the county should 'reclaim' the term.
The mothers, who both live in Essex, hope their campaign will help redefine 'Essex Girl' by celebrating their achievements and true character.