This is so sexist it makes me want to burn my shoes in an inferno of burning dresses
No need to lose it over a simple Duolingo sentence and declare it sexist. I'm sure you wouldn't care about a sentence like Männer mögen Autos (men like cars), so why this one? It's certainly somewhat of a generalization, but all in all it is more often than not true to a certain extent.
Oh i would care. I take care of my car, and I'm a girl, so BACK OFF. It was COMPLETELY sexist, and I am sure that WHATEVER gender you are, YOU wouldn't like someone telling you that YOU like something that you don't, just because your gender!!!!
You're probably joking, but if you're not then you really need to take things a bit less seriously, this is just a randomly generated Duolingo sentence. Just because men tend to like cars doesn't mean women aren't allowed to take care of their cars, I really don't get your logic (or satire, I can't even tell).
Can "Mädchen" be used to describe females in general the way English sometimes uses "girls" to mean both young girls and women?
The word doesn't change in the plural, like all diminutive words (-chen and -lein). You can know it's in the plural because:
- There is no article (girl like[s] shoes wouldn't make sense unless plural in English, too)
- The verb is conjugated for the 3rd person plural (ich mag, du magst, er/sie/es mag, wir mögen, ihr mögt, sie mögen).