I’m writing this partly so I’ll have this link saved so I can just point to it in future.
Have you ever heard women being referred to as females? Happens all the time and it’s like fingernails on a blackboard to me (although if it happens in conversation I usually just inwardly wince and let it go). You’ll see headlines like “35 killer songs to remind you females are as strong as hell” (Mashable) and sound grabs like “she’s a hot female” (Celebrity Apprentice TV ad, but admittedly that was from the big brother doofus).
I’d never been able to clearly articulate why this grated with me but I saw this link on twitter and it’s perfect, please read 6 reasons you should stop calling women females