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During the last weekend in May 2015, Prince William gave an interview to ex-footballer now-BBC sports presenter Gary Lineker regarding the FA Cup Final.

In it, he referred to his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, as ‘the missus’.

For this, he was roundly criticised.

Martin Daubney, writing for The Telegraph, reported on the outrage:

The Duchess of Cambridge herself was not, as far as we know, offended, but plenty of other women took offence on her behalf. Respected feminist commentators were quick to blow their bugles and remind men that the phrase was “blatantly misogynistic” and needs to be “stamped out” like a disease or a cockroach.

Yet, a few women on television go several steps further.

Food programme viewers will have seen the most blatant example in the recent eight-episode series aired recently in 2015, Chefs on Trial.

Hotelier and entrepreneur Alex Polizzi presented the show, which involved auditions by aspiring chefs hoping to become head chef in English restaurants. Although two establishments were presented — Miners Arms and Gilpin’s — there were to be four, one of them Amélie’s in Porthleven. Why the rest of the series was cancelled, no one outside those involved knows.

But I digress.

SpouseMouse and I both noticed the way Polizzi addressed the aspiring candidates, all men. She often referred to them as ‘darling’ and ‘doll’. Why? If the tables were turned and they’d spoken to her in such terms, what would her reaction have been?

Are we are to gather from this that men are always sexist, but when a woman uses condescending terms it’s all right so to do?

Women — do as you would be done by, including terms of address towards men.


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