The following happened today at my pharmacy while I picked up prescriptions for my sick kiddos. Nothing offensive or over the top, just yet another reminder of how deep the gender stratification nonsense goes for parents:
Are Your Germs Pink or Blue?
November 29, 2010 By 25 Comments
Me: “Thanks for the info about their antibiotic. Anything else I need to know?”
Pharmacist: “You should be all set. Do you need dispensers? For a boy and a girl?”
Me: “Oh, sure. Yes, please. Two different colors would be great so that I can tell them apart.”
Pharmacist: “Well, yes. For a boy and a girl.”
Me: “Just whatever you have is fine. Or maybe two of the same color so they don’t fight. I’ll just put their first initial on it with a marker.”
Pharmacist: “Well, no. For a boy and a girl.”
Me: “I’m sorry, what?”
Pharmacist: “You have a boy and girl.” Handing me a pink and blue medicine dropper.
Me: “Are you kidding me?”
Met with blank stare.
Me: “Well, this is great. My daughter’s favorite color is blue. She’ll like this. Thank you.”
Pharmacist: “Oh dear. I don’t have any other colors. For your son, I mean.”
Me: “Wha? Oh, he’ll just use the pink. I’ll write his name on it. He loves letters.”
Pharmacist: “But it is pink. I don’t have any other colors. I’m so sorry.”
Me: “Well, he can just use the pink. He’s an easy going fella.”
Pharmacist: “But it is pink.”
Me: “Well, do you carry ointment in case he sprouts a vagina?”
Blank stare #2.