Saturday, 6 April 2013
playing with Playmobil 'ladies'
So this morning, we're bimbling about at home, playing with toys and doing magic tricks. We have also eaten approximately half a ton of Scotch pancakes. All is well with the world.
The little girl is playing with Playmobil. I love Playmobil, it's great, and has a nice mixture of silly girly stuff, and good role models. This morning she brought the vet and the green car (pictured above), and said:
"Mummy, can you put this Daddy in the car please?"
Me: "OK, but you do know that this isn't a Daddy? Look, she's got boobies, it's a lady."
Little girl: "NO! It's not a lady."
Me: "Oh, you're right, it's a woman. You should say woman, not lady."
Little girl: "NO!"
The boy (laughing his socks off): "It's definitely a lady."
Me: "But shouldn't we say woman, not lady?"
Me: "Because some women don't like to be called 'lady'"
Boy, in stitches, unable to say anything to counter something so silly
Me: "Well you don't call the Playmobil men gentlemen do you?"
Boy: "No! I call them Playmobil guys, they're all Playmobil guys, the men and the ladies. That's so silly."
Little girl: "Mummy, can you put this lady on the motorbike please?"
Me: "OK, I'll put the woman on the motorbike."
Little girl: "NO! She's not a woman! She's a ballerina."
Well, you can't argue with logic like that can you?
I have clearly taught my children to call women 'ladies', and I think that's probably not right, but I can't think of the argument for why they shouldn't be. What are your thoughts on the matter? And can 'guys' really be unisex?