I read an interesting take on it that made it make sense to me. The guy explaining it was that it was meant as an exhausted retort when a younger generation just doesn’t want to talk about it any more.
Listen, I just got done taking a four day vacation with my 79 year old mother. I love her to absolute pieces. But, man, I get a lot of explaining about how people should live their lives and why what they do is wrong. It’s based on their generational experience.
The phase ends the conversation. Is it dismissive. Yes. That’s the intention. I have no desire to explain my tattoos to a 70-something anymore. They have no right to come at me to begin with. Now, I’ve never used the phrase but I get it.
I dated a guy who would use, “Yes, dear” on me when he didn’t want to get into something. The juice wasn’t worth the squeeze for the conversation. It was a solid signal. I was never offended. I never saw it as sexist. “Okay, boomer” feels the same to me.