Someone recently offered a couple of bathroom sinks on my local Freecycle list. The original message read “These have been in our garden for yonks and are extremely heavy so will need at least two brawny types to take them.” – nice and simple…
A couple of days later, and the poster sends another message to the list:
“I have had a big response for the sinks as anticipated: however: I must reiterate how heavy these are and not one response indicated the ‘brawny types’ stipulated in my ad.
Can I stress that this is emphatically NOT a job for me and another female and is one of the few cases where blokes are definitely required. I am not prepared to help in any way with lifting these things. Sorry to be so insistent but when you next reply, can I have an assurance please of two blokes to help.”
I don’t actually have any interest in the advert, but it made my skin bristle a bit at the insinuation that women will not be strong enough, that only men can be “brawny”… #MFIF