"I need feminism because… I want to live in a society where this: <insert riddle> is not a riddle.”Do you know why this riddle works so well? Notice how every single gendered pronoun and noun in this entire riddle is male-based? In order of appearance:- Father- His- Son- Father- Son- Boy- Boy- He- SonThis entire riddle is diverting you away from any words, pronouns or nouns that may remind you of any female character. Even the way they used the word ‘surgeon’ is diverting you away from thinking about genders (either female or male) because it is so arbitrary. Take for example these few words:- Physiotherapist- Physiatrist- Surgeon- DentistNone of these words have any gender stereotypical connotations surrounding them. When you hear these words you don’t picture a person with a specific gender so it becomes background information. Just because the riddle is purposely excluding any words that may have female connotations doesn’t mean it is sexist and is perpetuating stereotypes. Besides, what if the father was gay and his husband was the surgeon? Does that mean anyone who didn’t come to this alternative conclusion is a bigoted homophobe? Of course not! There is nothing wrong with presuming that a doctor is a male. It is only when that presumption turns into bigotry and prejudice against doctors who aren’t male that it become a problem. There is no harmful anti-female doctor propaganda behind this riddle at all. Make the distinction before labelling such a riddle as sexist.As a woman, I would like to confess that this riddle stumped me when I first heard it, and it did not offend me in the least. It is a very good riddle and very cleverly executed. - Fraudulentfeminist

"I need feminism because… I want to live in a society where this: <insert riddle> is not a riddle.”

Do you know why this riddle works so well? Notice how every single gendered pronoun and noun in this entire riddle is male-based? In order of appearance:
- Father
- His
- Son
- Father
- Son
- Boy
- Boy
- He
- Son

This entire riddle is diverting you away from any words, pronouns or nouns that may remind you of any female character. Even the way they used the word ‘surgeon’ is diverting you away from thinking about genders (either female or male) because it is so arbitrary. Take for example these few words:
- Physiotherapist
- Physiatrist
- Surgeon
- Dentist

None of these words have any gender stereotypical connotations surrounding them. When you hear these words you don’t picture a person with a specific gender so it becomes background information. Just because the riddle is purposely excluding any words that may have female connotations doesn’t mean it is sexist and is perpetuating stereotypes. 

Besides, what if the father was gay and his husband was the surgeon? Does that mean anyone who didn’t come to this alternative conclusion is a bigoted homophobe? Of course not! There is nothing wrong with presuming that a doctor is a male. It is only when that presumption turns into bigotry and prejudice against doctors who aren’t male that it become a problem. There is no harmful anti-female doctor propaganda behind this riddle at all. Make the distinction before labelling such a riddle as sexist.

As a woman, I would like to confess that this riddle stumped me when I first heard it, and it did not offend me in the least. It is a very good riddle and very cleverly executed. 

- Fraudulentfeminist