Before they were girls, they were women. Before that, they were girls. I am not talking here of the chronology of females but of acceptable usage. Back in the 1970s, for instance, the use of “girl” could trigger a stinging rebuke and the damning charge of male-chauvinist piggism — or why else would a man call a woman a girl? This was the Golden Age of political correctness, which now, it seems, has its last redoubt on, of all places, the opinion pages of the robustly anti-PC Wall Street Journal.
For Richard Cohen to ever start out a column this way is a bit like having Clarence Thomas do the forward for a history of interracial porn called "Chocolate Thunder Down Under" --
But there is it anyway.
Six figures in salary annually for that.