Whatever you call me will, in part, determine how I react to you.
This is important to me. I have a macro on my computer that I trigger every time someone writes to me and calls me “goddess,” “mistress,” “domina,” or the like.
I don’t like any of those, and certainly not from the mouths of strangers.
It goes like this:
Please don’t call me ____. I don’t own you, so I prefer not to be titled by you. Please call me Nookie, or Miss Nookie if you must use an honorific.
You can imagine how many people get confused by this or take offense.
Not my problem. Address me how I prefer to be addressed or I won’t respond.
I had this conversation with a friend of mine on here, where he was asking about the opposite situation, where he might call me by my username (or rather, someone else), and they required him to use some sort of honorific, and how did I feel about that?
I responded that I think I have a right to say what I prefer to be called, and you have a right to decide whether you will call me that.
If someone wants you to call them Goddess, and you don’t want to, well, then, you have a right to ask for alternatives or remove yourself from their company.
You have a right to call me something I do not like and I have a right to leave your presence, not respond, or respond in a negative manner.
It’s obvious, right?
Which is why I suggest that when approaching people, it’s safest to start with their username, or whatever is written on their nametag, then, as soon as possible, ask, “And what would you like me to call you?”
And if they say, “Call me Ishmael,” then that’s the right thing to do.