No, I don't mind being called ma'am.
The 'honey' was a bit of an in joke to myself and to you, Finn.
I actually agree with all this, except the Barbara Boxer part, which is likely why I was being snide:
"Only a self-absorbed idiot like Barbara Boxer has a problem with it.
In all but the rarest of occassions, it is a term of respect.
If you have a vanity problem with your age and don't like it, it's your issue.
Would you rather be addressed as "Hey Lady?"
I think it's reasonable she would demand to be called Senator, though I can see she would be taken to be "touchy" about it, as I could have been taken as, re "ladies" back in my days of "job site observation". I didn't correct the guys that called us that, as I didn't really take it as a meant insult - just that that kind of thing could be, if said tauntingly. Remember, I'm pre (just pre, but pre) civil rights changes, when they actually opened the gates to let women study law and medicine.
I suppose this all brings up the temptress in the teapot that is the New York Jets' locker room..