#FirstWorldProblems UK:Why calling women anything other than their first name at work is almost always sexist

Don’t call me babe. Don’t call me feisty. In fact, in professional situations, can we just stick to my name?

I took umbrage reading the often sexist media coverage of the cabinet reshuffle’s new front line of female MPs women, but what really got my goat, so to speak, was when Spectator blogger Melanie McDonagh described one, Pritti Patel, as “feisty.”

Forthright and strong she may be, but, much like calling someone “bossy,” feisty is one of those uniquely patronising descriptors usually only levied at women, which suggest she needs in some way, to pipe down – in other words, to know her place…