Post # 1
Ok so I just had an encounter where I felt belittled and was wondering if you would feel a difference in the words or phrase.
I work for a small property management office and in the off-season I am the only employee. So my day to day is running an office that manages about 160 units and doing all the relevant paperwork, banking, and maintenance. A women just came in to pick up a key for an owner I had never heard of in working here since 2007 so I called the owner to confirm the information. As I was doing this she called the owner herself and is walking over to me with her phone and goes “here is the little office girl”.
I felt that as I am almost 26 and running an office I really should not be called ” a little office girl”. Would you find that offensive too?
Post # 3
Yep – I would take that as a little jab. She was probably frustrated that she had to wait while you checked with the owner…too bad for her. You did what you were supposed to!
Post # 4
Was she an older woman (like grandmother-ly)? Otherwise, I can see how that would be offensive for sure!
Post # 5
Um, that is really rude. Really, really derogatory.
I would neer expect to be called “little girl”. If i did, i certainly would correct them and not do them any favors!!!
Post # 6
i honestly am not usually offended by girl, lady, woman, etc. but the ‘little’! that’s a bit much!
Post # 7
I agree with junabiona, I wouldn’t get super offended by “girl”, although I’d prefer lady, employee, woman or, you know, my NAME. But “little” is definitely demeaning.
Post # 8
@EleanorRigby: She was probably about 45, if she was say 70 or so I would probably not been upset.
Thanks everyone I try not to be to sensitive but I thought that was just passing the line. Also since she walked up to my desk I made my desktop come up which is a engagement picture and my Fiance definately does not look like a “little boy”.