This is more like "I've gotta laugh or else I'll cry," but this is more or less the transcript of the conversation I had in the car with Babybartfast (age 5) today:
Discussion with Babybartfast in the car about gender today:
Me: So what do you want to get Daddy for Christmas?
Her: We should get him a Lego set. So then we can play together.
Me: Do you think heíd like that?
Her: Yeah. But it would have to be a boy Lego set.
Me: How can you tell if itís a boy Lego set?
Her: Boys like things that are strong and fast. Girls like things that are pretty.
Me: So girls canít like strong things and boys canít like pretty things?
Me: But you like space. Some people might say rockets and astronauts are for boys.
Her: [audibly rolling her eyes from the backseat] Mom, Iím a SUPERHERO! I can like both kinds! But kids who arenít superheroes, they canít like both.
Me: But what if a boy who isnít a superhero likes something pretty?
Her: He canít. Thatís for girls.
I mean, she just started kindergarten, for Pete's sake! How is she indoctrinated into what's "boy" and "girl" yet? At the same time, I'm kinda glad she's been watching so much Powerpuff Girls, because it means she's got a plausible reason to not feel bound quite as much as her classmates into a gender binary