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“No Mum, the man should be the boss”

Reflections of Diana Pueyo, mum of a 5-year-old.

Yesterday, my five-year-old daughter and I were playing with several female and male dolls. We
made up the story of a horse owner who was calling the rescuersā€™ office because her horse was
missing (needless to say, my daughter was playing this most challenging part). To avoid stereotypical
role patterns, I usually change the roles in our games, sometimes having male and sometimes female
characters in a leadership position. So this time, it was a male assistant who was picking up the
phone and reporting to his female supervisor. To my utter surprise, my daughter firmly disagreed with
this set-up. ā€œNo, mum, the man should be the bossā€, she said. ā€œBut why, darling?ā€ ā€œBecause thatā€™s
how it is,ā€ she shrugged.

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