Single Women Don’t Do Windows! October 27, 2008Posted by Onely in As If!, Everyday Happenings.
Tags: single homeowner, window installation
I called around to some window companies, hoping to get an estimate on replacing the nine windows in my townhouse. During the initial phone conversations when I set up appointments, Prince William Home Improvement asked me, “When will you and your husband be available for an estimate?” Long Fence and Home asked me, ”Do you have a husband?” And Homework Remodeling asked me, ”Will your husband be there too?”
Turns out what they really mean is, ”Is there another owner of the property who should be at the estimate session in order to weigh in on the window choice?” But they don’t say that. They hear a woman’s voice and assume a husband must be in play as well–because a single woman wouldn’t own her own home, would she? Nor would a lesbian couple, nor a woman living with her mother, nor a woman living with a roommate. Of course not!
I gave each of the service providers a somewhat gentle reminder that perhaps in the future they might want to reword their standard husband question. Everyone was receptive and polite. Which is nice and all, but doesn’t make for a very exciting post, eh?
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