A Conversation with a Cleaning Lady

cleaning productsSo you are a cleaning lady? Is that correct?

 

CL : I am but I do not approve of that label.

 

What would you rather I call you?

 

CL : You could call me a house cleaner I suppose.

 

So you object to the term “lady”?

 

CL : It seems a little sexist or misogynist frankly.

 

I certainly did not mean it that way.

 

CL : I understand. We’re transitioning as a society in terms of values and sexual stereotypes. The language is lagging behind a bit so you cannot be blamed for using the wrong terminology during this time of transition. It is a fact that I work for a cleaning service Vancouver and it is also a fact that I am a lady. You said nothing untrue. There was no intentional falsehood or derogatory labeling I am sure.

 

Of course not. I was simply trying to establish the fact that the person with whom I am conversing is a woman who happens to work in a house cleaning Vancouver capacity.

 

CL : Well I think we have sufficiently established that fact. Did you happen to have a follow up question or are we done here?

 

I’m sensing some hostility here.

 

CL : Honestly, I feel a little hostile right now. I object to being labeled in general. I am a person and I have an independent existence which is separate from my occupation. My job does not define me as a person in other words.

 

I never said that.

 

CL : Yes, but you implied it.

I…

 

CL : I’m going to cut you off there. I know you’re going to deny trying to put me in the cleaning lady box. Maybe you did and maybe you didn’t. Maybe you did it unintentionally. If that’s the case what is the point of getting into an argument about it?