On the other hand, women of all ages may be called “girls”. Grown females “play bridge with the girls” and indulge in “girl talk”. They are encouraged to remain childlike, and the implication is that they are basically immature and without power.
Gender Stereotyping in the English Language, Laurel Richardson (via my-sin-my-s0ul)
A-hem, alternately, Black men were referred to as “Boy” so as to emasculate and demean them, to disempower them and posit them as immature wards that required white paternalistic policing and discipline. Black women were and are, even to this day, seen as perpetually sexual, carnal, wordly, lavicious, lust-ridden, animalistic adult beings, even as very young girls .(via polarteeth)