Gender Juxtaposition


This is a flash fiction challenge (stories in 100-175 words or less) and each story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Therefore, no serial (continuation) stories. They become too complicated for our readers.



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Today was the day!!


The new exhibit at The Museum of New Zealand was finally opening.  It was touted to appeal to both genders, which is a rarity.  For men, it had life size settings of how they spend their time.  As you can see from the advertising photo above they even have mannequins in the positions that men are likely to be found in when occupied by their activities.


However, for women, those same positions tell a very different story.  They illustrate the very pointless hours spent doing activities oppositional to what their wives wanted done. What was worse, as the photo demonstrated, is that they often chose a hopeless task.  Did they really believe this car was going to be road worthy again?


The very clever museum curator had created two very different booklets, one for each gender.  It was up to the individuals if they shared their booklet.  The males could not understand why the females chuckled at their booklets.  They were usually bored with statistics about cars!


(171 words just the body of my story)



  1. This is a great interpretation of the photo! When I first saw it, I had that feeling like it was posed, too, but I couldn’t figure out where to go from there. I’m very impressed by your clever creativity!

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