My whole life I've gotten this, and it just never sits right. Queens, tell me if I'm overthinking this, and what you think when some man says you are "sweet". I don't particularly care to be called this by a woman, but from a man? instant hackle-rise reaction. I want to act, not react.
First impression, it doesn't sit well with me from any stranger at any time because it feels like he's trying to define me as being compliant, uncomplicated, etc. I always push back against it, and argue, but UGH, that just feels too exhausting. Probably easier just to play dumb fox, but I admit, I have an ego, and just hate being thought of as an easy mark, a woman who exists to please, etc. That's a place I can level up. Lots of that from growing up as the baby of the family, even though my family was loving, but really working hard to define myself on my terms, and not be defined by others. This is something done to kids that needs to stop. Seriously, ask people more questions! Listen when they speak about who they really are! Especially true in dating. I cannot imagine just making a blanket statement about a stranger, "You are ___". Presumptuous AF!
Secondly, it doesn't sit right because it's phrased as a statement, not a question. I can't stand it when anyone stereotypes me; it suddenly makes you two-dimensional, and it takes away all nuance. And besides, "sweet" is just so damn generic, so twee, treacly, asininely commonplace, too. Maybe it's meant to be a compliment, so okay, I get that but again, it just seems super low-effort, unimaginative, bland, generic. Pass!