Don't call me sweetie! In fact don't call me sweetie, honey, hon, baby, darling or anything similar. So please refrain from using them. I know that you probably don't see anything wrong with it. You might even find it to be a term of endearment. Listen up I don't know you man. Lady I don't know you either. Hey creepy guy online, I have yet to even talk to you on the phone. You don't know me therefore no term of endearment is necessary.
Why do I hate pet names? Well for one most of them are patronizing. Do you call me these names because I am a female? Do you think that I am a damsel in distress who needs rescuing? Do you think that I am less of a person because I am a woman? Do you think that my existence is any less valuable because I have breasts and a vagina? Well I will let you know I am a strong female. I am just as smart as you. I am just as worthy as being a person as you. You can try to patronize me all you want but I will stand strong!
The other reason I hate pet names because it feels ageist. I don't like that feeling of people thinking I am this cute kid. It makes me feel like you don't take me seriously. It as if you think that everything I say is humorous and I don't have the capacity to be serious. I am 32 dammit! I am might have a baby face but I don't have a baby tongue. I am a force to be reckoned with. And you most certainly will find out if you call me baby again!
So I think you get the point. You can address me as Miss, Ms., or Ma'am. Save the baby talk for your boo's.