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"Women are better at multi-tasking". AIBU to say something when people say this?

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VioletBam Fri 12-Aug-16 12:13:40

In the shop today...with DH. I was at the till, paying for some lights...when I handed some notes over to the cashier, one of them fell.

I said "Oh sorry...I'm trying to do too much at once" because I was handing cash over and also trying to shut my purse.

She then said

"Nooooo! Women are good at multi tasking!"

All proud.

So I said "I'm not" and she said "Yes! Yes! Women can do multiple things at once!"

So I said "Nah...that's just some rubbish put out to ensure we do the lions share of the crappy jobs"

And she went



Then I left with DH...who laughed at me when we got outside and said "Well you made her think!". I do think that...I think that this is a load of old cobblers!

AIBU to think this is a load of old shite?

GoneToGetTheMessages Fri 12-Aug-16 12:35:12

Love it, that's gonna be my response from now on.

GiddyOnZackHunt Fri 12-Aug-16 12:37:40

But that was my excuse for watching the telly whilst doing my homework in the 80s.

VioletBam Fri 12-Aug-16 12:38:12

Oh good! Glad I wasn't being ott! It's one of those things that really irritates me!

So martyr-like!

WorraLiberty Fri 12-Aug-16 12:38:31

Meh. I normally just say "Well I'm not" and leave it at that.

Up to you how you reply. Your response was perfectly polite.

SpeakNoWords Fri 12-Aug-16 12:46:12

Violet I'm going to use your response from now on as well, it's great!

VioletBam Fri 12-Aug-16 12:51:12

Worra I did but she persisted. So I had to say something or I would have ITCHED all day.

I am petty.

coldcanary Fri 12-Aug-16 12:51:40

Good response, YANBU smile
Personally I'm bloody awesome at multi tasking, I never spill a drop of wine when I'm doing other things...

formerbabe Fri 12-Aug-16 12:54:04

You are over thinking this massively.

VioletBam Fri 12-Aug-16 12:54:33

Former...why do you think that?

IceRoadDucker Fri 12-Aug-16 12:57:11

YANBU. Gender stereotypes should be challenged, especially ones so ingrained that people think they're actually true.

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

WizardOfToss Fri 12-Aug-16 12:57:39

Excellent response, and one that I shall adopt in future.

All helps with chipping away at every day sexism. You could well have given her a lightbulb moment there! smile

ThoraGruntwhistle Fri 12-Aug-16 12:59:16

I do a similar thing when people mention 'man flu'. DH carries on regardless when he's ill and I make a giant fuss when I am. These things about women being multitaskers and super tough whereas men are faffers and babyish about being unwell are daft.

redexpat Fri 12-Aug-16 14:04:13

Brilliant response!

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