“Ladies’ lingerie.” It was a lame, outmoded joke — the sort of thing you say in a crowded elevator to alleviate the discomfort of being jammed among strangers, an artifact of the days of fancy department stores with operators announcing the floor stops.
"She Called His Elevator Joke Offensive. He Called Her Complaint ‘Frivolous.’ Who’s Right?" is from the May 03, 2018 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Ruth Marcus and narrated by Sam Scholl.