After that we should target son, pet, ducks, love, darling, sweetheart, honey and more. After all, any of those words may cause offense to someone.
It will again depend who says it and why but why stop at girls when surely "son" is also offensive?
It was sad in 2014 to learn that veteran Grimsby MP Austin Mitchell was in hot water for a tweet in which he wrote "Cameron dare not stop Pfizer because he dare not offend the US in any way. Roll up rapists."
He was referring to the meaning of rape such as raping the land.
Friday however one woman on UK TV pointed out that the dictionary meaning of rape has been rewritten and no longer includes "rape of the countryside."
Mitchell refused to apologise for his tweet and was castigated.
But if we allow ourselves to take offence too lightly it allows for witch-hunts and belittles the true cases of verbal abuse.
So the next time you choose to refer to me as girl, whether it is meant as an insult or not, I shall say thanks but maybe add "up yours" if I think you are saying it as a put down; after all I am a westerner and believe language is for using.
The next time you are called girl, and you know it is meant with offense, respond accordingly.