Scottish Parliament Aims To Tackle Sexism By Renaming Gingerbread Men To "Gingerbread Persons"
The Scottish Parliament seems to have set its sights on tackling the patriarchy, or should I say "pastryarchy", by renaming a certain holiday treat. The Parliament announced it would be banning the term "Gingerbread man" and replacing it with "Gingerbread person". You just can't make this stuff up.
The most bizarre thing about the name change is that it seems to have been motivated by a recent survey of Holyrood staff that found 30 percent of women working at the Scottish Parliament have experienced sexual harassment. Really? The Scottish government's answer to allegations of widespread sexual harassment among their ranks is to rename Gingerbread men to Gingerbread persons?
Each day feels more and more like I'm living in some kind of alternate dimension. Let's dig into this a little more. The Scottish Parliament announced that it hopes to foster a more inclusive working environment for female and non-binary staff with the name change of the delicious pastry.
Some are actually upset with their response to the survey and say that renaming the popular holiday treat in response to the survey is trivializing the issue. I have to agree with that. This seems as if they aren't taking the sexual harassment claims seriously, does it not? The whole strategy of renaming things to be gender-neutral is straight out of the progressives for dummies handbook.
You might remember a clip of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau interrupting a woman at a Q and A to correct her for saying "mankind" instead of "peoplekind". Ironically, Trudeau faced backlash over the comment and was accused of "mansplaining" to the woman and making up words.
I'm on the side of Scottish Conservatives who argue that the by changing the name of a pastry is simply trivializing the issue of sexual harassment and ignoring the real problem. After all, it isn't all those pesky Gingerbread men who are sexually harassing women, is it?
Scottish Conservative Equalities spokesman Annie Wells said, "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." If renaming a popular holiday pastry is at the top of the Scottish Parliament's to-do list, maybe they do need something better to do with their time.