Letter: A proper lady

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The Independent Online
Sir: The word "lady" (Letters, 7 April) - for all who care to look it up - means bread-maker.

A lady has no helplessness, dependency or fragility at all - ask any baker.

Of course today's self-obsessed young women do not want to be called that. They think bread comes sliced in a waxed wrapper. It is they who need to be treated very gently. A proper lady gets on with her work, whatever it is. All this bickering about the intellectual difference between the sexes merely reflects badly on those who insist on it.