My dd just started a new school. On the first day I saw a girl drag a 30 lb container of cat litter over to her teacher to help clean the rabbit cage. It was heavy, obviously, but she was getting it there, bit by bit. The teacher told her it was too heavy for her and then told her that "Tom", a boy in the class should do it. The teacher pointed out to the girl how strong Tom was. Tom replied "it's too heavy!" but after a little encouragement from the teacher, he carried it. I watched this all - Tom really didn't seem any stronger than the girl.
It really bothered me as this is the kind of sexism I see as being rampant, but that is under the radar of most people. Why couldn't the teacher have encouraged the girl to carry it? She was about 5 yrs old or so, in fact, a year older than Tom.
Now, of course, this being our first day, I have no idea what history might have gone on before this. Maybe there are extenuating circumstances I dont' know about that woudl make sense if I knew. In which case I look like a busybody if I bring it up.
I guess I'll probably let it slide, but when it first happened, I just felt incredibly agitated about it. And there was my dd watching and soaking it all in.