Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Is there a doctor in the house?
Here's the deal. Her husband, she explained, is the stay-at-home dad while every day she heads off to her practice at the hospital.
One evening at home, she told her daughter the old riddle: a father and his son are in a car accident and are taken to the hospital where they are rushed into surgery. The father, tragically, dies, but the boy can be saved with an emergency procedure. The surgeon comes in to where the boy is on the operating and says, "I can't perform the surgery. This is my son." How is this possible?
My doctor's daughter thought about this a while and decided that the answer must be...the son had two fathers.
My doctor tried again with a different scenario: this time a mother and a son in an accident, mother dies, nurse enters, says, "I need someone else to help; this is my son." How can this be?
My doctor's daughter thinks and decides this must be a lesbian couple.
On the one hand, nice to have the acceptance of gay and lesbian couples and families. On the other...geez, the persistence of gender roles and stereotypes! How do you fight that?