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I'm Curious, Sometimes
by Richard Lee King   
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Last edited: Friday, May 20, 2011
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Questions about the title LADY and how it is earned.


I always thought the title “LADY” was one that was bestowed upon you, not one that you could just bestow upon yourself.  I always thought it was kinda like being knighted by the queen, thereby becoming “SIR” SO AND SO.   Her LADYSHIP, perhaps?
I’ve been a member of Authors Den for going on two years now and just recently I’ve been noticing that several of my female counterparts have taken to calling themselves “LADY”.  
Well, that got me to wondering about that title and I began wondering if anyone can shed some light on it for me. 
Some of my questions would be: 
A. Were these ladies officially granted that title?
B. Do you become LADY just because you like the ring to it? 
C. Does it grant you a higher position when standing in line at a restaurant? 
D. Is it part of the name that your parents bestowed upon you? 
E. How do I grant my sweetie the title of “LADY?” (Can I go to a website and earn that distinction for her, like so many of today’s preachers and pastors have done?)
That said, I googled the question – “How do you earn the title of "Lady" – This was the response, exactly as printed out …. 
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The only way to 'earn' one is to be created a Lady of the Garter or Lady of the Thistle by the Queen, like Lady Marion Fraser and Lady Mary Soames. In other orders of knighthood, the female equivalent is 'Dame'.

A woman can also become a lady by marrying a knight or baronet (in which case they are called 'Lady (his lastname)', eg: Lady McCartney), or any rank of peer other than a Duke. Dukes and duchesses are never called 'lord' and 'lady', but the four lower ranks of peers, especially barons, can be. If a woman marries the younger son of a duke or a marquess she can be called 'Lady (His name)', like Lady Colin Campbell.

If she receives or inherits her own peerage, she can be called Lady, but they often prefer to be known as 'Baroness' to distinguish them from those who only have their titles through marriage, especially since 1958 when they started sitting in the House of Lords.

Or, a woman can receive it as a courtesy title, as the daughter of a duke, marquess or earl (Lady Firstname Lastname).
I did a Ph.D. on the aristocracy and have been reading about this for 15 years.
So, with that said, I’m still pondering my questions:
F.   Are these “Lady’s” the real thing or are they self appointed? 
G.  Should I be affording them the respect that customarily accompanies that title? 
H.  If the title is self proclaimed, should I scorn them for miss-representing themselves as something they are not? 
          I.   Or, should I do like I always do, leave it alone and just ignore it?
I’m still pondering…… 
If, in fact, these ladies are in some way entitled to the respect and distinction we normally associate with that title, I am awed that they take the time to share their works and thoughts with us and I would like to apologize if I have offended them with my questions.  However, given that set of circumstances, I feel certain they would applaud the fact that someone would stand up for the sanctity of that title. 
If they are not, I am somewhat offended that they would cheapen the title by claiming it undeservedly.

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Reviewed by Jane Noponen Perinacci 9/10/2012
Not all "Ladies" are ladies!

Love ya!

Reviewed by Vivian Dawson 5/20/2011
LadyFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The word lady is a polite term for a woman, specifically the female equivalent to, or spouse of, a lord or gentleman, and in many contexts a term for any adult woman. Once relating specifically to women of high social class or status, over the last 300 years it has spread to embrace all adult women, though in some contexts may still be used to evoke a concept of "lady-like" standards of behaviour.

I am Lady Vivian
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 5/20/2011
My grandfather had a beagle named Lady. And you know what? She was. Patrick
Reviewed by Donna Chandler 5/20/2011
I'm curious too. I heard often when growing up, "Sit up straight and act like a lady."

Reviewed by Joy Hale 5/20/2011
You bring up an interesting question, Dick. As one of the Lady's in question, I will tell you how I received my so called "title". A friend of mine, knighted as a Lord, by the Queens court in England, was a bit smitten with me. He bestowed upon me the title of a Lady for two reasons: He thought that I conducted myself as a Lady in all that I do and also hinted that if I were ever free from the bounds of matrimony, that I would become his true Lady in marriage. I hope this answers your question about how this particular lady sometimes signs her works as Lady Joy. If this in any way offends you, I will stop using the name. I would much rather be known for myself..... just...

Joy L. Hale Wife, mother, grandmother, business owner, poet and writer.
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