This is part of a WNYC series called “You’re Entitled to Your Wrong Opinion.” These are low-stakes debates where the point is to agree to disagree, so relax, okay? You’re welcome to brag about your wrong opinion anytime using the hashtag #MyWrongOpinion, and suggest ideas for other low stakes debates to @shubasu. For today's #MyWrongOpinion, listeners were asked, "Do you think exclamation points are acceptable to use in work-related email?"

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You've probably been on the sending or receiving end of one of these work emails. And chances are, if you’re a woman, you’ve spent far more time agonizing over whether to keep or delete those exclamation points.

That’s because, as numerous studies have shown, women use exclamation points more frequently than men in online communication. While those !! have, in the past, been characterized as signs of “excitability” (see: the history of women and hysteria), they usually function as markers of friendliness and politeness. But who gets disproportionately burdened with appearing friendly and polite? (see: the history of women and hysteria)

Michelle Markowitz has thought a lot about how women and men communicate differently online and in texts. She and Caroline Moss recently co-authored the book Hey Ladies!, which follows a year of fictional email exchanges between eight close, women friends. She says, just as women using exclamation points can be seen as overly-enthusiastic, men using periods can be seen as overly-terse.

“My female friends and I joke that it makes me feel really empty after getting a text like that,” Markowitz told WNYC. “Like, I just threw up lots of exclamation points and emojis and I’m just getting a period back?"

Markowtiz says she often thinks about who she’s emailing — whether they work with her or above her or for her — and how to be her authentic, enthusiastic self while “not giving away your power.”

It’s a tightrope many people cross on a daily basis, especially with emails becoming less formal and more frequent.

But if you ask Loryn Brantz, author of Feminist Baby and senior writer at Buzzfeed, she says enough with overthinking the balancing act. She admittedly spent her twenties editing exclamation points out of her work emails. Now, she thinks it’s time for women to reclaim them.

“I was conditioned to believe they were too enthusiastic sounding or made me sound ditzy,” said Brantz. “And at a certain point it just clicked that all these words were kind’ve alluding to sounding too feminine."

When asked how serious she is about that ^^ tweet, Brantz said: “Pretty serious! I feel like it’s the little things we do day to day that are gonna change the fabric of society.”

Here are some voicemails we received:

Tell us what you think: Do exclamation points have a place in professional communications? Leave @WNYC a voicemail at 855-869-9692, or tweet using the hashtag #MyWrongOpinion.

Shumita Basu is a host, producer and reporter in the newsroom. You can follow her on Twitter @shubasu.