At the Gender Rolls Bakery
The customer stepped back, “Can I have one of these?” she asked, pointing toward the Pastoral Care Rolls.
The baker shook his head. “Let me show you to our Women’s Department.”
The customer followed the baker to the Women’s Department, which was well-stocked with Motherhood Rolls.
“There’s only one kind of roll here!” complained the customer.
“These rolls are divine,” replied the baker.
“They do smell good,” answered the customer. “But there was so much more variety in the Men’s Department. The Careers section alone had more options than I could count.”
“If you had a Career Roll, there might not be enough for the men.”
“But I’m really hungry!” protested the customer.
“Well, I guess you can take a Career Roll if you’re starving and have no other options,” conceded the baker.
“What if I just want a Career Roll? Because I might like it?” probed the customer. “What if I took a Career Roll and a man could take one of these Motherhood Rolls?”
“We have a very similar brand of roll for men. It’s called the Fatherhood Roll,” explained the baker. “Men eat them alongside their other rolls.”
“Why do men get to have so many rolls and women only get this one?” demanded the customer.
“Men and women are not the same.”
“Are women the same as each other? Why should all women have the same roll?”
The baker was growing impatient. “Just eat a Motherhood Roll and I am sure you will feel better.”
“But I’m not even a mother!”
“Never you mind, dear. The rolls over on the far end are Faux Motherhood Rolls. They’re practically the same, but with no motherhood added. ‘Every woman a mother,’ we like to say!” The baker checked his watch. “I really need to get going. It’s time to get the Junior Ordinance Work Rolls and the Scouting Rolls into the oven. You know how hungry boys get!”
“What about the girls?”
The baker laughed. “Girls don’t need rolls!”