The growing idea among the far left that “gingerbread men” cookies should be renamed to “gingerbread persons” hasn’t sat well with Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce.
“The left has worked now for a couple of generations to condition us to, ahead of time, worry about what we’re going to say,” she said, adding that the left wants to make it a faux pas to say anything that others (very sensitive others, to be exact) might find offensive.
This especially applies to gender terminology. The left has been demanding that the words “man,” “men,” “woman” and “women” be removed from larger words such as “firemen,” “man-made” and “womanhood,” lest those who identify as transgender feel excluded.
A couple of years ago commentators on MSNBC argued against using the word “women” when speaking about abortion because it excludes transgender men, i.e., women who pretend to be men.
Far-left feminists have likewise maintained that any use of the word “man” or “men” in a larger word is inherently sexist against women. Never mind that most “firemen” are actually men.
The specific idea of renaming “gingerbread men” caught the world’s attention earlier this month when the Scottish Parliament reportedly chose to rename the “gingerbread men” it sells in its coffee shop to “gingerbread persons” over concerns about sexism.
“The move comes as a strategy aimed at stamping out sexual harassment and sexism was introduced at Holyrood this week after a survey found 30 percent of women working there believed they had been sexually harassed,” the Daily Mail reported.
What the Scottish Parliament hadn’t expected though was the backlash.
Here’s just a sliver of it:
What the bloody hell is wrong with people, how about focus on things that are important!!
Not weather a gingerbread man is classed as a man or a women ! Bloody ridiculous!!!! It’s a bloody biscuit !!!!!!!
— Jodie Pilsworth (@JodieL92) December 15, 2018
There’s me thinking sexism is being offensive or degrading to a certain gender….it’s a friggin biscuit, how is offensive!!!
— Roger ramjet (@Rogerra88253833) December 15, 2018
The Scottish parliament should stop wasting tax payers money.
So are we going to change the fairy tale story of the ginger bread man which has been around since 1875 and we all grew up lovin just because a few insecure confused people who literally what to take away our individualism and turn us into robot’s with numbers time to cop on
— Keith Ryan (@keithfuzzryan) December 15, 2018
Why is it no longer OK to be a man or a woman? Why does everything have to be gender neutral. I keep seeing articles about equality, diversity, celebrating individuality and accepting differences. But it doesn’t seem to apply to people who are a “typical” male or female
— Laura Walker (@LauraCornish511) December 15, 2018
Flipping ridiculous!! I am sick of hearing about this crap. So we are not allowed men and women anymore?
— Kelly Freemantle (@Kelly021085) December 15, 2018
I’m Starting to think allowing Scotland to have its own parliament was a bad idea
— Varkasi | Saige (@vrimra) December 18, 2018
Isn’t the ‘Ginger’ bit offensive as well, picking on those with ginger issues?
So wouldn’t ‘Bread People’ be more appropriate?
— David Hird (@hirdygurdy) December 18, 2018
Why are they ALL ginger? Racist.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) December 18, 2018
The point of the latter two tweets, one of which was written by comedian Ricky Gervais, was that political correctness is a slippery slope that invariably leads to more political correctness.
Even some political figures reacted negatively to the Scottish Parliament’s decision.
“Surely the Scottish Parliament has got better things to do than worry about what to call gingerbread men? This is an utterly pointless gesture which simply trivializes the real issues of gender equality,” Annie Wells, a political figure associated with the Scottish Conservative, said.
According to Bruce, this backlash may represent a tipping point.
“After a series of living your entire life being kind of bullied into what you can and cannot say and presumptions that you are bad people, it can be the smallest thing that tips you over the edge — that’s the tipping point,” she said Tuesday to Carlson.
“And in this case, it’s calling ‘gingerbread men’ a ‘gingerbread person’ when obviously they’re men.”
Well, not exactly.
“The first gingerbread man is credited to the court of Queen Elizabeth I, who favored important visitors…with charming gingerbread likenesses of themselves,” the Australian bakery business Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses notes.
The first “gingerbread men” were actually gingerbread men and women. What they surely were not were “gingerbread persons.”
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