||[Sep. 21st, 2011|12:13 pm]
workers" was the whole statement. So yeah, position of relative power plus diminutive. Because I'm writing on iPhone, I misquoted the speaker. "Cute little Latino |
Wonder how she'd feel being called a "cute little female lawyer"?
The "correct" term is "lady lawyer."
The point is she's a lawyer , 'cute', 'little' and 'female' are unnecessary additions, in the same way as "cute ,little and Latino" are unnecessary descriptors of workers. Not only unnecessary but patronizing.
Hence the shudder quotes around "correct."
I actually asked her that and she laughed and said, "I'm from the South; I hear that all the time!"
you're right in that its absolutely inappropriate.
she's also right in that yes, women DO hear that sort of thing all the time in the south. (i'm from, and in, houston, texas.) it doesnt make it right, but it happens.
I think the look on my face conveyed that, "How is THAT appropriate?!" response, because she immediately backed down and agreed it was inappropriate.