Lily: Is that a boy or a girl skating?
Me: That’s a boy.
Lily: Are you joking? He looks like a girl!
My husband: A lot of the figure skating costumes look a little girly, but that’s a boy.
Rose: Only girls can black skate.
Us: Black skate? What do you mean?
Rose: What they are doing right now.
Me: That’s ICE skating. Not black skating. And boys can ice skate. Boys can do anything girls can do, just like girls can do anything boys can do.
Rose: No! Boys can’t wear costumes!
Me: Yes, they can actually. And they do.
Lily: What about that one? That’s a girl, right?
Me: Nope. That’s another boy. We’re watching men’s figure skating, so they will all be boys.
Rose: But it looks like they are dancing! Boys don’t dance!
Me: Some boys dance.
Lily: But it looks like girl clothes!
Me: Some boys wear girl clothes. Some girls wear boy clothes. Anyone can wear any clothes they want.
Lily: You’re kidding me, right?
Clearly I haven’t prevented these girls from learning gender bias, but outside of social isolation, who can? Oh well. We’ll keep talking and they’ll get it someday.