A gingerbread is just a cookie shaped like human and according to people and various bakeries, it shouldn't be called a 'man.'
A gingerbread MAN? Excuse me, but did you just assume the lifeless cookie's gender? A lot of people across the globe are demanding that everybody stops referring to gingerbread cookies as males and call them gingerbread person instead. Because according to them, nobody has the right to decide the cookie's gender and it should be rightfully called as 'person' instead of glorifying males more. This fight for gingerbread equality has been here for a while and another big name has joined in - The Co-op, who have officially labeled their gingerbread as gingerbread person.
And, not only that, but the famous company is also running an online survey asking others to pick a name for the gender-neutral biscuit. "Our Food team is adding the final touches to a new Co-op gingerbread person, but they’ve yet to come up with a name. They’d like members to join in and suggest a fitting name for our new little biscuity friend," the company announced on their website, stirring the internet.
"The plan is to give our new gingerbread fellow some seasonal costume refreshes – a distinctively Christmassy look for December and something rather spooky around Halloween for example. So they’ll need a name that works for any time of year. Join in to suggest a name. Our Food team will create a shortlist of the ones they think will best fit the bill and we’ll be back to ask you to vote for your favorite next month," they added.
This is brilliant! It shows just how insane all this #genderneutral stuff actually is and how the majority of the public view it as a comical matter! God bless the British public! #Gender #Gingerbreadperson #TheMuffinManIsNext https://t.co/56h1PVTHzv— Peter C. Barnes (@Barnesy19) April 10, 2019
So, in case you wish to join Co-op's gingerbread person renaming ceremony, you have to submit your entry by 1st of May here. Just to put it here, this isn't the first time a bakery has done so. Last year, JL Bean bakery in Cleveleys, Lancashire also changed the gender label of their cookies and received a major backlash from people who claimed their children want 'gingerbread man' not 'gingerbread people.'
Can we all join together against this PC madness with the new Co-Op #gingerbreadperson? I think we should all just call it GingerbreadMan like it’s meant to be called anyone who is offended by that is immature— Lleyton (@Lleyton07) April 10, 2019
Why is the cookie called the gingerbread man in the first place? According to Time, the history of the gingerbread man is centuries old. Witches and magicians created a gingerbread man as a token for their love and gave them to their love interests. "If they could get the man of their choice to eat the gingerbread man that had been made for them, the idea was the man would then fall in love with the young woman."
While there are people who are supporting the 'change,' obviously there are others who are calling out this obsession with making everything politically correct, even where not required. "Just felt the need to reiterate to the world, that this is a Gingerbread MAN. Nothing else, not a Gingerbread person or any other ‘gender neutral’ term. It is a Gingerbread Man. They always have been (from the 15th century) and always will be," tweeted a person.
A similar backlash was observed around Christmas when thousands of people protested against Santa being a man and urged that it is about time we start seeing Santa as a female or gender neutral. The tale of Santa is ancient and he was clearly a man but people around the globe protested asking Santa to change, evolve with time. Whenever we hear about the term 'Santa', we automatically think of a bad old man with bright white curly hair and beard, wearing a red coat and carrying gifts. According to people, the same is sexist and it is time that we stop thinking about Santa as a man, because 'females can bring gifts too.'
Gina Batteye, an LGBT+ identity coach told BBC that she's very happy a change is slowly taking shape. "This shows that progress is happening around inclusion, and more people are challenging their perceptions and childhood conditioning. “Let them know that anyone can be ‘Santa’,” she says. “With my niece and nephew, this is how I’ve explained it to them. When we see Santa in stores, I tell them that he can’t be everywhere talking to all the little children - so some Santas are male, some female, some trans, and some we don’t know. But they all act as Santa’s messengers.” Do you think it is time we start calling gingerbread man as gingerbread people?