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Flushing, NY



Posted - 08/01/2008 :  2:33 PM                       Like
I'm always kind of surprised by how many people are tripped up by this one...

A man is driving in a car with his teenage son when they get T-boned in an intersection by a runaway 18-wheeler truck. The jaws of life are required to extricate them from the wreckage, and both of them are airlifted to the nearest hospital.

Both of them are immediately taken to the OR. However, the surgeon who comes to take care of the teenager reels back and exclaims, "Find another surgeon. I can't operate on this boy! He is my son!"

How is that possible? (No, there is no adoption involved.)

The solution is highlighted here:
The surgeon is his MOTHER, of course... You sexist pig!

Male Standard Member
157 Posts

West Lafayette, IN


'07 VStar 650 Custom

Posted - 08/01/2008 :  9:29 PM
About nine years ago, I purchased a set of review books to help me prepare for the Certified Management Accountant exams. Between the topic examples and the review questions, this set of materials made a point of making equal references to "he" and "she", "him" and "her", and the like. I had never come across anything that made such an emphasis on balancing the gender references in its content.

I bring this up because I always think of these books when I come across questions and riddles like this (which I got right ).
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Female Standard Member
234 Posts

Radcliff, KY


Posted - 08/03/2008 :  11:46 PM
yup, we read gender into professions all to often. I have heard this before, and managed to get it correct then. I feel part of the issue resolves around having no gender-neutral pronoun that does not automatically make a "person" a "thing."

BTW, I have gotten better care via male nurses at times than females.

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