I was still in high school just a few years ago, and in one of my social studies classes the instructor asked us what sort of characteristics a Prime Minister (Canada, not UK) should have.
I gave my bit, and then one of my male classmates said, “A Prime Minister should be someone confident and smart, and–” he held up his hands in that sort of goofy, ‘no offence’ gesture, “I’m just being realistic–someone male.”
Even at the time I was very sensitive to this sort of thing, so I stood out of my chair and said very loudly, “EXCUSE ME? I find that EXTREMELY offensive.”
The guy just laughed and shrugged and said, “Well, come on, people just look up to men better as leaders. If a woman could do it, we would have had lots of female PMs already.”
And then another female (thanks, really) said in his support, “Well, men and women really are just different, and they’re good at different things. I think we have to accept that.”
The same guy said, “See? That’s what I meant,” and channelling my obvious female hysteria, I threw my pencil at his head, picked up my notebook, and stormed out mid-class. But in retrospect I shouldn’t have been so angry, it’s #MFIF.