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?"
Boy: "Why?"
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?