Barbara Risman, UIC professor in the Department of Sociology, was quoted in an October 23, 2015 Chicago Tribune column entitled “When Women Call Themselves the G-word,” which examines adult women being called "girls" versus calling themselves "girls," and whether the practice is empowering or infantilizing.
" ‘When men hear adult women saying this to each other, the stigma of what the word means without the in-group irony gets lost … It diminishes and treats beautiful women as though they aren't adults. I would imagine that there are women who spend a lot of time being beautiful who would find (being called a girl) a compliment. But it's a complication for women who are trying to be sensitive to equality.’ ”
The full article, as well as Risman's full comments, can be found here.