I bought my daughter the first in a series of kids' magazines about bugs. She was absolutely thrilled - but I was kind of bemused by this comment, in the section about scorpion reproduction:
In the human species, the female is sometimes taken out for dinner by the male. In some scorpion species, the male IS the dinner!
That's not something you see much of these days. Kids' books and materials usually work pretty hard not to inscribe gender roles on their readers.
Equally quaint is the phrase 'courtship', used in the magazine to protect children from the nasty reality of scorpions gettin' jiggy. My daughter was just confused by this. 'Mummy', she asked earnestly, 'Would you call sexual intercourse "courtship"?'
Ever the quick thinker, I replied, 'Um...not sure'.
This quaint word 'courtship' was only a temporary hurdle, and soon my daughter was regaling me with all the horrible, horrible details of scorpion mating habits. It was almost enough to put me off my dinner (which was not bought for me by the male of the species, if you're wondering).