Babe-y-sitter

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I teach English as a foreign language to 30 students in their late teens. Their level is beginner to preintermediate. In the exam, there was a vocabulary question like this:

Choose the right option: “My neighbours are looking for a reliable / good-looking babysitter”.

20 out of 30 picked good-looking. Discussing the exam in class, it turned out that most of them understood the sentence well. It just made more sense to look for an attractive babysitter, and also to assume that this worker was a woman.

A couple of boys wanted to discuss that those two assumptions (the importance of good looks and that carers are female) weren’t sexist. #MFIF

A teacher

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