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The AP Stylebook Twitter account explains why the word ‘mistress’ has been removed from their style guide.
The Associated Press has made the decision to remove the world ‘mistress’ from its style guide - because the word has problematic connotations.
The news agency said it ‘implies that the woman was solely responsible for the affair.’
Alternatives that have been recommended by the AP Stylebook are gender-neutral words like ‘companion,’ ‘friend,’ or ‘lover.’
The AP Stylebook is a universal style guide that is used by writers and journalists.
Last year, AP originally recommended removing the term but they reminded the public again of the change, in a tweet that went viral on Wednesday.
In a Twitter thread, AP said: ‘Don’t use the term mistress for a woman who is in a long-term sexual relationship with, and is financially supported by, a man who is married to someone else.’
They continued in another tweet:
The tweet provoked a lot of reaction from people who were not too happy with the change:
Look lady, he's never going to leave his wife for you, stop trying to make society more accepting of your bad decis… https://t.co/q5HnCgKG2w — Lauren Chen (@Lauren Chen)
When news and parody are indistinguishable https://t.co/t9s4vuTkdA — Glitch my ass (@Glitch my ass)
Though, there were some people that agreed that the removing the word was necessary:
*adulterer - I am for gender neutral language in these cases https://t.co/c7uIfYqIIk — Jessica Kramer (@Jessica Kramer)
While others offered up their own other alternatives to ‘mistress’:
what's wrong with side chick https://t.co/0id1SXOjeY — ML Kejera (@ML Kejera)
Home wrecker is accurate. https://t.co/QUq72UuYZ9 — THE FALL OF IDEALS 15 YEAR CELEBRATION TOUR! (@THE FALL OF IDEALS 15 YEAR CELEBRATION TOUR!)
@APStylebook Here's a thought... call them CHEATERS. That covers all genders and lays responsibility squarely at bo… https://t.co/3I3oHe8fe4 — CelebrityMary (@CelebrityMary)