Feb 2023

Titles Require ConsentA quick etiquette lesson

Some titles, such as sir and madam, are culturally accepted and may be fine with respect to preferred pronouns.

Suggestive titles, such as slut, puppy, toy and slave, imply a role for the other to fill. Did they agree to that? What if a stranger called you this?

Honorifics, such as mistress, master and teacher, convey a relationship within most contexts. While it can appear respectful, it assumes a place for them and yourself that may not be established.

Titles require consent.

How would you prefer to be addressed?

TLDR: Don’t call someone ◆◆◆ without permission.