We had an interesting discussion in philosophy today. Somehow, the Obama calling a reporter ‘sweetie’ incident came up and we ended up talking about whether we saw it as acceptable for men to call women sweetie or darling or love, etcetera etcetera…

Personally, I can’t stand it. One girl in my class made a point that I certainly agree with – she said that often, it’s about power of the man over the woman, about being condescending. We are not children, nor are we lesser than men, but calling us darling or other ‘terms of endearment’ suggests that we are. Also, I think it is inappropriate for a stranger to call you affectionate names…

What do you think? I’d be interested to know…

And on that note – adieu.

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