Random acts which betray how we've been programmed to think about gender stereotypes.....

(56 Posts)
HerrenaHandbasket Mon 22-Apr-13 20:56:17

....or something like that.

Basically I just chose a new toothbrush from the multipack DH and I share. The choices were blue, green, purple and pink. I always use the pink, he always uses the blue, the other colours are more of a toss-up.

I've noticed that I do this (automatically choose the 'girliest' colour) and have tried not to do it as it's madness (it's a toothbrush FGS). However, I then find myself forgetting which toothbrush is mine and gravitating towards the 'girliest' of the options available. This has occasionally meant that both DH and I use the same brush for ages whilst the other sits there and gathers dust blush

So what do you lot find yourselves doing/thinking that you kind of wish you didn't?

CockyFox Wed 24-Apr-13 14:56:46

Yeah the baby sitting one annoys me. "Is DH babysitting? Err no, the children are with their Dad.

Beamur Wed 24-Apr-13 21:55:32

Last time I tried the tapping the jar trick to open it I somehow managed to smash the jar...can't I just make use of the man as he's here? wink
I did actually challenge a colleague who when asked what he was doing that evening said he was 'babysitting' - when it transpired they were his own kids, I did ask him 'is that not just, parenting?'

UptoapointLordCopper Thu 25-Apr-13 15:07:35

Beamur you don't know your own strength. wink That's why I never use that method for opening jars. The rubber band one is my preferred method.

Leafmould Fri 26-Apr-13 10:32:16

Not household based here, but I made a really embarrassing assumption recently when I met the minister of a church. Her name was eunice, which is not a name I am familiar with, and I introduced myself at the desk and said I am here to see the minister, and referred to her as a 'he', oh no, the lady said, the minister is not a he......

I was absolutely mortified.

FoxMulder Fri 26-Apr-13 11:04:38

My DH does the bins, because they're smelly & I don't want to!

He does all the DIY, but then he is a builder.

He also does all the sewing. I don't have the patience.

Actually, I think he might do everything practical (I do paperworky/computer stuff)! Except the laundry because I have lots of specifications about what can and can't go with each other and what kind of cycle everything must go on. He does his work clothes though. Too mucky to go in with anything else!

I mow the lawn, but 'no' to pink toothbrushes. I don't like pink.

FoxMulder Fri 26-Apr-13 11:14:28

Oh, and I know a gay couple (men) who split household chores using a 'pink list' and a 'blue list'. You can probably guess the sort of things on each list...

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