An Inspector Lewis mystery. His female boss is unhappy that he questioned someone of high local standing, so to give Lewis a different perspective on the man, and to provide herself with an escort in the absence of her husband, she requires him to accompany her, in formal dress, to a chamber music concert. His response, "Yes, ma'am."
Can you imagine the reverse? Male captain requires female cop to go with him to a social function and tells her to dress formal? Apocalypse.
PS. Turns out "Ma'am" was wrong. "Someone of high local standing" was indeed a criminal.