Is it a breach of modesty for a woman to address a man in a letter or e-mail by writing “Dear …”

Answer:

Because this has become the normal and formal way of beginning a letter, doing so would not be a breach of modesty. This would be particularly true when the first name is not used, and I recommend “Dear Mr. Cohen” over “Dear Johnny.”

Although it is not a breach of modesty, some prefer to avoid the word “dear,” and prefer to begin the letter some other way.

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