I think sexism comes naturally to boys. I have one (a sexist boy), but he didn't get that from me. I can't really blame Bill either. I can accuse my husband of many things, but not sexism.
A few days ago, he (the sexist boy) casually remarked about women and guns not mixing. Something about how women don't shoot them. My husband, in shock, informed him that his Nana (my husband's mother) owned several handguns and was a better shot than he was. This boy of mine thought that it was illegal for women to shoot guns, or at least that it had been at some point in the past!
I reminded him of the female soldiers he's seen. Asked him if didn't he think they knew how to use a gun. The problem with logic is that it ruins one's misperceptions!
Today I bought one of these (but I didn't pay nearly that much!). The boys had one last year and used it a lot, but it didn't survive the winter. My boys and two friends set out to put it together, but quickly decided the directions were too complicated. Sexist boy of mine wanted his dad to help. Bill was working on stuff for school, so I dropped all of my womanly work, you know, cooking, cleaning, and baby-tending, to see if my pretty little head could make heads or tails of the instructions. We did a few steps easily, but when I stopped to carefully read the next step, this kid sighed a heavy sigh and said, "Shouldn't I just go get Dad?"
I was a little annoyed.
Just as we were finishing putting the net on, Bill came down to get more beer (it helps him write better) and stepped out back to see how we were doing. I informed him of his son's comments, and my hero leaped to defend my honor by reminding the boy, "Your mother is an engineer!"
I don't know what I'm going to do with this kid.