Good morning, Gentlemen. October 7, 2013Posted by mareserinitatis in feminism, societal commentary.
Tags: feminism, honorifics
Almost as soon as I got to work this morning, I was pulled into a conference call. I was rather amused because, after everyone on our end of the call was introduced, the person immediately responded with a, “Good morning, gentlemen.” The other people in the room with me laughed a bit. I smiled, and in one of my moments of goofiness, attempted to muster a bright, cheerful (and somewhat high-pitched), “Good morning!”
I suppose I could have been annoyed at the assumption that all of the people in the room were men, but that didn’t seem right. After all, this person could not see who was on the other end of the line. Aside from that, there was an apology afterward for not realizing there was a “young lady” in the room (although that was amusing as both of those terms are relative, too).
I just tried to imagine it was like the Star Trek universe…if everyone were called, “Sir,” I don’t suppose I would be bothered if I were addressed that way, as well. And it sure beats being called, “Miss.”