As many of you may know, it’s been very well-confirmed that people react to newborns very differently based on their perceived sex. Stick ‘em in pink and they’re all tiny and delicate. Stick ‘em in blue and they’re strong and alert. Yesterday, Mr Jender took a phone call from a baby group friend, letting us know that his wife had just had a baby girl. She is, apparently, very large: over 9 pounds. And she has a huge head, far above the average. This was immediately followed by “She’s so delicate, so feminine!” Just more proof that anything at all counts as feminine, if you really want to think so. (New father went on to explain that he was feeling utterly baffled at how to deal with this new baby, because he knows how boys think, but not how girls think. Mr J politely tried to reassure him that it probably wouldn’t be all that different for quite a long time.)
Have you had similar experiences? Please do tell us about them in comments– these sorts of stories are always very useful for teaching!
(Typo edited– thanks Sally!)