Thursday, December 30, 2010

Reverse sexism

I try not to post twice in a row, but this conversation amused me too much:

Husband: "Would you support me if I decided to go to medical school to become a surgeon?"

Me: "Yes, absolutely."

Husband: "Really?"

Me: "Yes, because it would be hilarious."

Husband: "You know, I might do it just to prove a point to you."

Me: "I'd love to see how far you'd take that joke. You haven't even taken any pre-med courses."

Husband: "I took a term of biology in college."

Me: "That's not quite enough. You have to take a year of biology, a year of chemistry, a year of organic chemistry, and a year of physics."

Husband: "Well, I've got the math requirement down."

Me: "There's no math requirement."

Husband: "Oh. Well, are any of those courses actually required? Aren't they just recommended?"

Me: "No."

Husband: "Mel, do you think Daddy should become a doctor?"

Melly: "No."

Me: "Why not?"

Melly: "Because boys can't be doctors!"

16 comments:

  1. Today she amended it to say: "There used to be boy doctors. They died."

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  2. Hahaha! The amendment makes it even funnier.

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  3. Happy to read your twice in a row posts (plus comments), Fizzy. So, does Melly have the final say?

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  4. Haha! Kids are so awesome :) Some of the most hilarious things they do are completely unintentional.

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  5. Interesting how life experience has such an impact on what you believe is normal. I went back to playing in a basketball league when my daughter was 3 weeks old and she started going to college women's bball games with us (season tix) when she was 4 weeks old. My husband had stopped playing because of an injury. When she was 3, we were watching a men's game on TV. She wandered through the room, did a double-take, and said, "Mom, Dad, did you know that boys can play basketball?" Fast forward to 8th grade, and she likes having boys in her class (her school is doing an experiment with some single sex classes, gack) because "then it's more fun to talk and show them how much you know." I think seeing women and men in non-standard gender roles all her life has helped her gain this confidence.

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  6. This totally makes up for all the times I've been told "Women shouldn't do medicine, its a waste of governmemt funding becasue they just go off and have babies" or something to that effect.

    Generational change in action!

    All the more reason for female doctors to reproduce!

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  7. It's amazing how "awesome" "cute" and "funny" sexism is, when it's directed at someone else. The male bashing and man hating here is a little more extreme than I'm accustomed to, and that's saying something.

    If "seeing women and men in non-standard gender roles" is beneficial to your children, then perhaps you should consider leaving your husband and entering into a lesbian relationship, because heterosexual relationships are actually quite "standard" in terms of traditional sexuality.

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  8. HAAAHAHAA @ P. Derry

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