Who would have thought that a simple gingerbread cookie would spark a tidal wave of national and international response over political correctness?
The Organic Food & Wine Deli in Degraves Street, Melbourne has defended its decision to turn the humble gingerbread man into an organic “genderless” gingerbread figure. Deli owner, Jeanette Taylor says it was all “a bit of fun”, and a light-hearted attempt to make people “think about what they say and do and be responsible”.
The biscuit received scathing comments on the Internet, blasting the idea of a genderless gingerbread biscuit as political correctness gone too far. The attacks came after a photo of the $2.50 treat was posted on Reddit with the words: “So this is what the world is coming to...”
Other reactions to the gender-binary opposed biscuit were supportive, seeing it as the end of cookie-cutter gender stereotypes in bakeries, with the Muffin Man being a possible future target.
Forget UN speeches by famous young actresses and equal pay demonstrations – maybe what gender equality really needs is for the humble gingerbread biscuit to light the way.
Read more at the Herald Sun online
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