24th Oct 2014
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Gingerbread goes genderless

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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    Bookworm
    24th Oct 2014
    9:45am
    The owner of the shop is obviously back-pedalling furiously to avoid any more criticism. I am so over this PC madness. What about the nursery rhyme Baa baa black sheep being changed to "protect" the sensitivities of some people? Hello????
    Adrianus
    24th Oct 2014
    10:10am
    No doubt Jeanette will try a few things to promote her business. Will we now see the Ginger Bread biscuit go halal? and the muffin man becoming simply the grand muffin?
    The Gap
    24th Oct 2014
    10:43am
    Does that mean you get less for your money? PC over the top
    Adrianus
    24th Oct 2014
    12:02pm
    Unless there is a package discount?
    Seagull
    24th Oct 2014
    12:01pm
    That's it? ,we have gone stark raving mad.Once again the goat eating circle is changing the way we speak and communicate.
    Polly Esther
    24th Oct 2014
    12:23pm
    I guess if a fast food outlet can advertise " Deep-fried chicken nipples" ( a typo of course) then this woman can advertise gingerbread figures (go figure) without genitalia. Now I can't get the lyrical line of that old song out of my head, you know the one, "Eat the do-nut, not the hole".
    KSS
    24th Oct 2014
    12:51pm
    We used to say "Only in America..." now its "Only in Victoria..."
    nan
    24th Oct 2014
    12:56pm
    All very silly really. He doesn't have male gentillia anyway. And whats offensive about baa baa blacksheep. There's nothing distriminating about it.
    Bookworm
    24th Oct 2014
    1:27pm
    Exactly, nan! Apparently some pre-schools are singing "baa baa rainbow sheep" - how utterly brain dead are some people? There are indeed black sheep, and the poor black sheep is just being asked if he has any wool Aaaaagggghhhh!!
    KSS
    24th Oct 2014
    6:37pm
    And he does. Three bags of it!
    MITZY
    24th Oct 2014
    1:15pm
    Is nothing sacred? Do we have to change everything?
    Go to Wikipedia and read about the gingerbread biscuits, its quite interesting.
    Gingerbread dates back to the 15th century and figuratively biscuit-making was practised in the 16th Century. The first documented incidence of figure-shaped gingerbread was at the Court of Queen Elizabeth the First of England. She had the gingerbread figures made and presented in the likeness of some of her important guests.
    If the Melbourne shop-owner wants to create a stir she could possibly start making a "family" of gingerbread figures or different characters. However, I guess that would take too much initiative and time, better, I suppose, to become "genderless". Sounds all too "gingerish" to me!
    gillham
    24th Oct 2014
    1:16pm
    This is not worthy of comment.
    Polly Esther
    24th Oct 2014
    1:41pm
    ditto
    MITZY
    24th Oct 2014
    1:42pm
    And then you comment, below!
    gillham
    24th Oct 2014
    1:23pm
    Women are the architects of political correctness. I am therefore very intrigued when women comment on the stupidity of the whole principal.
    Polly Esther
    24th Oct 2014
    1:43pm
    couldn't help myself, please excuse?
    MITZY
    24th Oct 2014
    1:50pm
    Where did you gain the knowledge that women are the architects of political correctness. It has beginnings dating back so far (all coming from politics) over various continents and in the majority of those times, there was hardly a political woman around. Have a look at the origins.
    MITZY
    24th Oct 2014
    2:03pm
    This Melbourne shop is going to get so much publicity and everyone will want to have a packet of these biscuits in their Christmas Stocking. It will have a very profitable Christmas, me thinks: It's creating headlines everywhere and in the U.K. the following:

    Does the label indicate besides its organic and vegan also the wording "but may contain NUTS".
    There is a change to the jingle: Run, Run, as fast as you can, you can't catch me I'm the ORGANIC GENDERLESS GINGERBREAD FIGURE..............
    This gingerbread figure is offensive to "gingers".
    This gingerbread figure is offensive to amputees. !!??
    KSS
    24th Oct 2014
    2:26pm
    I used to read Noddy and Big Ears, the Famous Five and Secret Seven books, sing nursery rhymes, read fairy stories and eat gingerbread men. My teachers used to correct my work with a red pen and I played team sports to win. I celebrated Christmas and Easter with appropriate songs, hymns and decorations.

    Now I can't do any of these things in case I upset someone. What about upsetting me? Don't I count?
    MITZY
    24th Oct 2014
    3:20pm
    Of course you do, we all do. However like everything else some people count more than others!
    MITZY
    24th Oct 2014
    3:22pm
    I also used to read those books and my Mother used to tell me how about you give it a rest from reading, you're going cross-eyed! I just couldn't put the books down. I'm the same today, if I start reading, I have difficulty stopping.
    wally
    27th Oct 2014
    12:38am
    Hi Mitzy, I hope that all that reading didn't have the effect your mum said it would! As Warhol said about everyone lusting after their 15 minutes of fame, going viral on the internet and You tube does seem to bring out the publicity seekers and the nutters in equal measure. And sites like this gives these people oxygen.
    Adrianus
    28th Oct 2014
    9:33am
    KSS you only count if you are part of a minority group.

    laugh kookaburra laugh kookaburra
    gay your life must be
    I'm laughing at the gingerbread man
    who now sits down to pee
    Kopernicus
    27th Oct 2014
    8:40am
    I think it's hilarious and to some extent thought provoking - a poke in the ribs. If only they made it milk and gluten free (or Paleolithic) as well as genderless that would have covered all fields.
    Radish
    27th Oct 2014
    9:01am
    People who do this like the deli woman are bonkers in my opinion. I am so over this PC rubbish!
    Anonymous
    28th Oct 2014
    12:15am
    Gingerbread cookies were always genderless. I never saw one with a male appendage nor female parts! What's the fuss about?
    Radish
    28th Oct 2014
    7:50am
    How about this one. Genderless toilets are becoming the rage.

    "The Vancouver School Board makes some controversial changes to its policies around transgender students.

    The new policy calls for single-stall, gender neutral washrooms in all school buildings so that a child will not have to tell anyone their gender based on the bathroom that they use."

    read more if you wish here. A google search will find there are other countries going down the same path....China for one.

    http://globalnews.ca/news/1398131/motion-passes-for-genderless-bathrooms-in-vancouver-schools/

    What is going on in this crazy world. The thought of going to genderless toilets I find abhorrent.
    Anonymous
    28th Oct 2014
    9:39am
    Mixed toilets have been used in many places in Italy for years, though they were not called genderless.
    Radish
    29th Oct 2014
    10:25am
    I have a memory of being in the ladies toilet where I worked when I found a man peering over the top of the cubicle. This was in the Ladies...imagine what perverts would get up to here in Australia.
    They may be in Europe but I never encountered them myself.
    Adrianus
    29th Oct 2014
    12:07pm
    Yes, not easy working with someone peering over your shoulder all day. Just be careful not to offend anyone or that woman could have had you in court on a sexual discrimination challenge.


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