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Beckett from Castle calling a woman "Sir"?

I missed the first episode of the season but when I tuned in for the second Beckett is calling the new lady in charge a "sir"? I may of been mishearing it but that's what I keep hearing. Why is this?

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  • Isabel
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    9 years ago
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    Nope, you aren't mishearing. In the episode with the new captain, she bristled when being called ma'am and said don't call me ma'am, call me sir.

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  • 6 years ago

    I am not sure why this was written in the script as in the military (at least, I don't know about police) ranking female officers are always addressed as Ma'am

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  • 9 years ago

    I don't know anything about the series, but here's my guess: There used to be a military protocol where women were called "Sir" and "Mister" rather than using gender-specific forms of address. The new captain (Gates, correct?) might just be old-school, which seems consistent with the "tough-as-nails" vibe I get from reading her character sketch at the show's Wikipedia article. Hope that makes sense and solves the mystery.

    • No you are wrong. The is/was no military protocol to address females as "Sir". Females of higher rank are always addressed as "Ma'am".

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  • 6 years ago

    Anyway who cares about the stupid protocol, it just isn't working, it is just distracting!

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  • 9 years ago

    Nope, you hearing is just fine.

    I think they did it for some humor, but really not that funny.

    • Jillian7 years agoReport

      it really isn't funny. as a woman, and a black woman, i find this slightly offensive. women in traditionally male power roles already have to fight being stigmatized, this just adds to it. not offended enough to stop watching Castle tho...i mean, i still watch Disney movies.

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