I hate to be called mam. I much prefer being addressed, “Madame,” as they do in France.

How elegant is that? Oui.

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Mam, defined states it is a term of respect for a woman, but to me it conjures up images of slavery making me immediately sad. Slavery brings up ideas of suppression and torture. But when I ask to not be called that I get an even more concerning response.

“I’m sorry I was beaten every time I didn’t address a woman in this way. I can’t stop it now.”

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Something to think about.

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