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Re: Courtesy Titles: Important or Overblown?

Good observation about the Mrs. Ben Coblentz....Yes, this is a custom that is still strong among the Amish.  Lovina refers to herself as Mrs. Joe Eicher.   The Amish are a very patriarchal society.  If you asked Lovina what she thought about referring to herself as "Mrs. Joe Eicher" she would say it is a tender, loving gesture and I agree.....I realize in non-Amish society such a title may no longer be appropriate, but Amish women still use this way of addressing themselves and I think it is kind of quaint (SIGH, I'll probably get a nasty email or two from a feminist, and believe me I'm a progressive guy, but I just think in Amish culture the title works)


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