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Sunday, January 14, 2007

The Gender Meme

Over at What We Said (Hat tip: Make Tea Not War) Mandarine has started a meme about gender, which I've given a go below.

The author notes that "usually means in your culture/opinon", i.e. you don't need to go and do some census related research, just answer from your own understanding and experience of gender stereotypes.

Three things you do that women usually do:
Tidy the house before guests come around, Shave my legs, Unload the dishwasher.

Three things you do that men usually do:
Care about whether or not my rugby team (Harbour) wins, End up setting up things like blogs or email groups for other people, Wear trousers to work.

Three things you do that women usually don’t do
Crave computer games like Civ, NZ Political blogging, Have quite a high ratio of male friends.

Three things you do that men usually don’t do
Worry about whether my stomach is flat enough, Abstain from alcoholic beverages, Organise the regular food shop for the household.

Three things you don’t do that women usually do
Wear make-up most days, Refer to groups of women as "girls", Tie myself to the kitchen bench when around at the in-laws'.

Three things you don’t do that men usually do:
Drive stupidly, Mow the lawn, Grunt in response to conversational attempts from others.

Three things you don’t do that women usually don’t do:
Carve the roast, Settle arguments with my fists, Fix the plumbing.

Three things you don’t do that men usually don’t do:
Clean the shower, Worry about the size of my arse, Follow Grey's Anatomy religiously.

It's quite challenging to answer and has made me have a bit of a think about the stereotypes I believe in myself. Much of my answering has caused me to feel grumpy, partly with, you know, The World, but also with myself. The double negatives take a bit of double thinking, but it's definitely an interesting exercise.

No tagging, but if you want to do it please feel free. You may want to check out others who have answered this meme from the list there.

3 comments:

mandarine said...

I love the illustration. I've added you to the list at 'what we said'.

Span said...

Thanks mandarine, much appreciated!

stef said...

you gotta learn to carve the roast!

But the true test: who controls the operation of the BBQ in your house?