Girl: Honey, isn’t there a game on tonight? Lakers vs. Suns?
Boy: Hmm? .. I don’t know..why?
G: Because I wanted to watch the game.
B: Alright, but can we first watch this scene of Narnia and THEN watch the game?
Another example of this kind of thing came up with a recent phone call with a close friend:
Me: So, your boyfriend is away on a business trip, eh? That’s cool. How is your week going?
O: Great! I’m really enjoying all this free time and catching up on WOW (World Of Worldcraft). Tomorrow I have a raid I’m really looking forward too.
And, the last one:
Oso: Who do you want to choose as a third team member for the tournament?
Me: Probably one of the guys from Puey. Do you have anyone in mind? We’ll choose someone the next time we go.
Oso: And how about your teammates? Any options there?
Me: Well, I actually wanted to play with two men.
Oso: Why? Do you think that you are more likely to win with two men?
I think most of us are aware of the stereotypes. I’m learning that maybe I should stop worrying about the preconceptions and opinion of my neighbours and start paying more attention to my own.