My friend was talking to her nine year old son about what he wanted to be when he grew up.
"How about being a doctor," she asked.
Her son rolled his eyes.
"I CAN'T be a DOCTOR, Mom! I'm not a GIRL!!"
She was stunned.
That her son's experience of doctors is entirely female says a lot about the professional strides women have made.
Still, the notion of progress is called into question in that it remains anathema for a boy to envision himself in a role he perceives as inherently female.