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The Gingerbread Man Is Now a Gingerbread Person. Your Thoughts?

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Times are changing, as they always have. and always will. Now a co-op in London is asking their members to choose a new, gender-neutral name for their “gingerbread man.” They say it’s time to change the good old gingerbread man into a gingerbread person. What do you think about this?

Gingerbread Person - Gender Neutral

According to the Co-op website:

“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 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 favourite next month.”

PS: We actually know a little something about gingerbread. Among other delicious ginger treats on the blog, we have Gingerbread Man Oreos and Chewbacca Gingerbread Men. While you’re pondering what to call a cookie that neither looks make or female, you should make at least one of them. We’ll call it research.

What Does Gender-Neutral Mean?

Let me be clear. This post isn’t being written to correct anyone with respect to how they talk about the world around them. Whether you are careful to use gender-neutral pronouns and adjectives, or whether you believe it’s nonsense to worry so much about descriptors, it’s your right.

I’m not trying to convince you one way or the other. But, I do think it’s worth talking about. Talking about something makes it seem a little less foreign or hard to understand.

To that end, I think there might be a little bit of confusion about what the term “gender-neutral” actually means. Put simply, it means not referring to either sex but only to people in general. (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

Examples of Gender Neutrality In Real Life

Remember that at one time, police officers were exclusively called policemen. When we went shopping for a car, we didn’t meet with a salesperson. We haggled with a salesman.

Your mail carrier was a postman, and today’s firefighters were once strictly firemen.

Gender-neutral job titles are things like doctor, scientist, nurse, and astronaut. When little boys and girls hear those descriptors, the hope is neither of them will see those careers as off-limits to them because they weren’t born the “right” sex for the job.

Our language, the words we chose to describe ourselves and our world, came from a male-dominated society. History is really clear about that fact. But, are we taking our desire to change too far? Are we spending too much time focusing on whether a cookie is a man cookie or a woman cookie?

The Gender-Neutral Gingerbread Needs a Gender-Neutral Name

The Co-op is looking for a new name for the cookie that famously doesn’t have girl parts or boy parts. Whichever name they choose will be gender-neutral.

Did you purposefully choose a gender-neutral name for your child? Or did you simply choose something you love and it happened to be neither a girl’s or boy’s name? Changing the name could possibly result in a very angry Gingerbread Cookie…

Gingerbread Person - Gender Neutral

What do you think of gender neutrality?

Is it nothing more than another way to push political correctness? Or, is it the right thing to do for our kids now and in the future? I really do want to hear what you have to say, so I hope you’ll share. It’s okay if everyone doesn’t agree. Humans aren’t always supposed to. What is never more important than right now is to disagree with respect.

We could all use more of that.

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Another perfect example of how the left destroys EVERYTHING it touches!

Uthank you, John!

“Gingered”

Should be Gingerbreds. Covers everyone!

YALL ARE IDIOTS! Leave it as it has been the “gingerbread man”. This gender crap is ridiculous!

Ginger gems

Its a stinking cookie made with ginger. Ginger is considered a “girls” name. So, is it a man with girl ingrediants? Now, shall we gender neutral our spices? Im upset about black and white pepper. I believe I have a recipe calling for white pepper to make gingerbread cookues. They should just be identified as a gingerbread cookie and get on with life.

It’s someone’s company and it’s their choice as to what they wish to do with it so my opinion means nothing. I will say I think it is a bit ridiculous and much, but can appreciate them trying to respect some of their customers (a small portion I would think). So in light of the request for a name here are a few I have come up with…. 
1. Just Gingers
2. Ginger folk (s)
3. Friendly Gingers
4. Ginger Friends
5. Ginger people
6. Great Gingers
7. Ginger Goodies
8. Gentle Gingers

Good luck coming up with a name 😉 

What about us people who believe it should be left alone! Really ridiculous if you ask me. If the gender people are so offended make one for them but leave the original alone. Getting out of hand for sure

Gingerbread man is gender neutral! It’s a cookie in shape of a human. Well really they look nothing like us. They are their own “idenity”!!! I am a woman I do not feel unidentified because of gingerbread MEN. They are cookies!!! Imagine calling your friends for Christmas cookie making…”Hi Ann, are you coming to our gingerbread …umm er ahh man/woman well wait gingerbread people shaped cookie making party? Really how Do you know if its a man or woman? It could be a gingerbread man locked inside a gingerbread womans body? Or maybe it identifies as genderless…it could be just plain confused…maybe it’s actually shaped like a man but its really a dog? Then another question… should we develope gingerbread persons with out legs or arms or wheelchaired shaped… I mean think about it if your going to worry about gender in a cookie how about kids/people that don’t have those body parts. Are they not to have an idenity in cookie form as well? Whew, its down right confusing!! Lets just do away with the traditional shape and do a head and torso shape and call them gingerbread beings! CUTE THAT!

Run! Run! As fast as you can. You can’t catch me! I don’t know what I am!

Seriously this Gender neutral and renaming everything is getting out of control…Generations of history behind the name of things…Why not keep the old and add the new in another form!!!!

How about ” Hogfood “

When I was a child, I read the story of the Gingerbread Man where he escaped the kitchen and fled down the street saying, “Run, run, run as fast as you can! You can’t catch me; I’m the Gingerbread Man!” Nowadays I guess that story will have to be rewritten, too. “This world is dark and it’s gonna worsen! Catch me and eat me, I’m the Gingerbread Person!” I don’t believe for a moment that thoughts of gender neutrality are at the root of this — but it’s a clever marketing campaign! My suggestion for the new name is “Kooky.”

Everybody is drinking the Kool-aid. 

I feel people are going too far with gender neutrality. It’s fine if we are talking careers and things of that nature to not make some feel like they can’t pursue their dreams but to put gender neutrality on things like cookies is just insane. There are literally two genders, male and female it’s biological not about how we “feel”.

I personally think you need to leave it alone it’s been this way for years not everything needs to be gender neutral I could care less if your purple but something’s are meant to stay the way they’ve been for years and years gingerbread men are meant for Christmas time not Halloween or Easter just Christmas time and that’s that 

I feel things are fine the way they are.
There should be no need to change what
isn’t broken. If a person is offended, that is
on them for allowing themselves to feel that way.

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