I was on the phone with a new salon making a hair appointment (still can’t believe I’m cheating on my long-time stylist!). The man on the phone laughed because I kept saying “sir” to him and joked, “call me sir one more time and you’ll loose this appointment.” Now, I get the joke. I’m not miffed that he was joking around and had he shut.his.mouth at that point then I wouldn’t be writing about this.
What I’m miffed about is that he then proceeded to call me “darling” and then “cutie” as I completed the appointment making process.
WHY is it not ok for me to be polite and use the formal “sir” (seriously, I just have good manners!) and it’s ok for him to use terms (darling/cutie) that some women find degrading when uttered by strangers or people less than familial?
I’m writing his name down in my book. He and I will have a conversation about this when I visit the salon.