Monday, February 23, 2009

Progress?

You know that riddle we used to use to prove how sexist everyone's assumptions were?  

The one that goes:

A girl and her dad are in a terrible car accident.  The girl is wheeled into surgery, and the surgeon says, "I can't operate on this girl!  She's my daughter."

Remember the answer?  The doctor is her mother.  And everyone was shocked and embarassed that they hadn't gotten it?

A few years ago, I used this riddle on someone young, I think it was M, but she claims not to know it, so maybe not.  This person didn't even get why it was a riddle, because it was so obvious that the surgeon was her mother.  Progress, no?

Well, tonight M and E were doing riddles at the dinner table, and E asked me for a riddle, so I gave her that one.  She didn't even hesitate.

"She has two dads!" she shouted.

OK, then.


5 comments:

Jenny Davidson said...

It was an over-ingenious solution! It would not have been a riddle if the answer was that it was just the mother...

Sinda said...

this made me very happy

Libby said...

ha! love it...

Anonymous said...

You wouldn't believe that I just tested Eli and he immediately said, "she has two dads!" Ahhh, times have changed.

K said...

oh, I love it. I will have to try that one out at dinner tomorrow.