British Gingerbread Men Stripped of Their Genders, Dignity

I freaking love the British. Especially this week, I mean with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One coming out and all (yes, I will be in line at 8 p.m. for the midnight showing with the ticket I bought over a month ago). Also this week, the British are causing an uproar over cookies. I need to live there. Now.

The uproar started when British officials changed the name of gingerbread men in Lancashire schools to be more politically correct. The name “gingerbread men” was changed on 400 public school menus to “gingerbread persons.” However, some parents and political figures found this change to be “daft” and “ridiculous.” One woman was so upset over the change that she went on to say:

“I am all for anti-discrimination but this is a pudding. The gingerbread man is a character from a rhyme in a book, for goodness sake.”
While I agree that efforts to decrease sexual discrimination are for the better, I also agree that making the change for political correctness sake is a gosh-darned “pudding.” Though gingerbread men are more accurately a non-gender specific cookie-being (they are stick figures after all), gingerbread men and women are genetically created the same way (I wouldn’t know how though, I’m more of a break-and-bake chef). One may have  a skirt and taste better because it has more icing on it, but really, they have no parts of them to distinguish their sexes. If anything, gingerbread people should be re-named “gingerbread awesomeness” to avoid political discussion. But for now, the schools are said to work on changing gingerbread “persons” back to “men” because of all this “pudding” they got themselves into.
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    • nolalola27

      Mm now I want a gingerbread cookie.

    • pt

      You know that when the person you quoted said it’s “a pudding” she meant it’s a dessert, right? The way this article is written, it sounds like you are just using it like some weird expression.

    • Jenn

      It might seem silly but I understand why they were doing this. If everything is male centered (gingerbread MAN, police MAN, fireMAN) then it doesn’t leave much room for women, does it? There are true sociological and psychological reasons for using gender-neutral words – because they promote gender equality. They have changed terms for men as well. “Flight attendants” which is a gender-neutral term used to be “flight STEWARDESSES” when it was mostly women in that profession.

      Equality not only benefits women but it also benefits men because it provides flexibility to be whoever you want to be. Women can be fireFIGHTERS and men can be flight ATTENDANTS as well as nurses, pastry chefs, etc. So as silly as it might seem, the school officials did have a point.