Recently this riddle was shared with me. Hopefully it doesn’t stump you too much!
“A father and son are in a horrible car crash that kills the dad. The son is rushed to the hospital; just as he’s about to go under the knife, the surgeon says, “I can’t operate—that boy is my son!”
I tried this on a few of my female friends who are definitely feminists and activists for women’s rights. Some of them were stumped but all of them paused for a minute and had to think it through. While this is only a small grouping of friends, there have been several studies done with similar results. Gender bias is engrained in us from such a young age and it is hard to re-write the story.