Julia E Hubbel

May 11, 2019

14 min read
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Don’t You Dare Call Me “Dearie.” How Infantilizing Our Elders (and anyone else for that matter) Ages and Enrages Us

I can’t recall when people started calling me sweetie or dearie. Doesn’t happen often, and it’s mostly in the medical context. I had a best friend who called me that but it was a joke, it was mutual, and at the time we were in our thirties.