[Ads-l] unisex "Sir"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Nov 11 12:49:00 UTC 2015


Why don't they ever call male superiors "ma'am"?

So sexist.

JL

On Wed, Nov 11, 2015 at 6:54 AM, Dave Wilton <dave at wilton.net> wrote:

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> I suspect the usage is more widespread among screenwriters. I'm not so =
> sure about the general population. You wouldn't dare call a female =
> officer "sir" in the US military, for instance.
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> The first time I heard it was in the 1982 movie "Star Trek: The Wrath of =
> Khan," when several crew members address Lt. Saavik, played by Kirstie =
> Alley, as "sir." The usage became rife in the Star Trek verse following =
> this. Although, there is an episode of "Star Trek: Voyager" where =
> Captain Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) objects to being addressed as "sir," =
> despite it being Star Fleet protocol to do so. (She doesn't like to be =
> called "ma'am" either.)=20
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> Supergirl, of course, takes place now, rather than in a sci-fi future.
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> So I suspect the usage is more widespread.
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> JL
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> On Tue, Nov 10, 2015 at 10:19 PM, W Brewer <brewerwa at gmail.com> wrote:
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> > Strange how we still pass out Master's degrees to the ladies.=20
> > Something should be done about that.
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