Is the term “YL” outdated?
In a thought provoking article Yvette Cendes (KB3HTS) highlights the serious gender imbalance in amateur radio. She notes fewer than 15% of US hams are women and says, “Ham radio is not terribly good at making women feel like they belong in the field. I have long ago lost count how many patronizing comments I got in QSOs and "creepy old guy" comments”.
Regarding the century-old term "YL" Yvette says: being called a YL is starting to feel really patronizing and condescending to me, in a way related to calling a grown man "boy."