If you are a woman, what title do you prefer?
I am single and it offends me when people call me Mrs. It offends me even more when they say that they were trying to be 'polite' or 'respectful'. The implication (to me at least) is that if a woman is not a 'Mrs.' she is to be respected less.
If it's a face to face or a two-way phone conversation, I am able to correct them and ask that they address me as 'Ms.' which is neither Miss or Mrs. When they leave me messages, addressing me as 'Mrs.' that's when I feel very irritated that they are making assumptions about me (that I am married, and/or I prefer being called 'Mrs.' as a more respectable title).
Actually I prefer being called 'Dr.' since I have a Ph.D., but not everyone knows that, so I am OK with either Ms. (preferable) or Miss, but I find 'Mrs.' rather offensive. They never ask a man whether he is married or not; why should it matter for a woman when it comes to how to address her, and why is 'Mrs.' considered more polite or respectable than Ms. or Miss?
I am sure that it's a non-issue for many women, but it is something important to me. May be it's just my pet peeve.
Do I have company?