Let’s discuss:  Men who use pet names for you when they’ve only met you.

I’m tired of trying to minimize myself and make excuses for what I see as condescending behavior.

Don’t call me SWEETIE.

We’ve only just met.

People have to EARN the right to call you nicknames, it’s a badge of honor, not a sleight of hand trick to over-familiarize yourself with me.

I get what you’re trying to do.

You’re trying to act like you’re in my good graces.

You think perhaps you can short circuit my defenses, but you are SO WRONG.

My skin stands on edge when you call me sweetie.

My teeth grind.

I half expect you to put your feet up and ask me to fetch you a drink.


Do me a favor?

Punch yourself in the face so I don’t have to.

And stop calling me Sweetie.