You could be right Russ. This doesn't hit me with that deliberately provocative "vibe" though. More like just totally clueless.
Does remind me of a couple of phone calls I got one evening at that Little Bakery in the Mall. A marketing class at the local university was doing a survey. The caller wanted to know if anyone at our workplace wore high heels.
"Uh, no." Then the caller wanted to know why.
"Well, this is a bakery."
"The floors are concrete and things get spilled."
"And we're in and out of the kitchen area and freezer all day. And our stock room is on top of the freezer. Heels don't work very well on ladders."
"I haven't found heels with non skid soles."
Just didn't seem to sink in that there were places where women didn't wear stiletto heels to work every day. And "no I don't know how many of my co workers wear heels when they aren't here, sorry."
It's a totally different universe out there.