However, this past weekend, a woman from our church posted on Facebook she was looking for a babysitter, and I replied, "Michael loves to babysit." My comment was not directed only to her, but to the other ladies as well. Michael is trying to save enough money to go on a mission and then onto college to earn a degree in elementary education. She replied back, saying, “Michael is a nice young man, but I have all girls.” To which I thought, “So?” I believe her comment was very sexist. When I was growing up, I had male babysitters, as well as female babysitters. My boys have had both male and female babysitters – and if I had girls instead of boys, I would feel just as comfortable with either. So as a society are we teaching our girls, not to trust boys. . . ever? Nevertheless, if that is the rational, then only boys should be babysitting boys and girls only babysitting girls. However, that is not the case. I thought as a society we had moved beyond gender bias. Girls can play football or be on the wrestling team or be in the Army. . . but boys can’t babysit?!
Am I wrong? I would love to hear your thoughts.