The topic of gender can be a thorny one - with gendered terms coming under fire more than ever. And one mom from Chicago has made an interesting point this week about how McDonald's plays into problematic stereotypes...
We're living in the era of gender fluidity.
via: Getty ImagesLong gone are the days where there were simply 2 genders - Now, people can identify with up to 100 different genders or no gender at all.
More and more people are identifying as gender-neutral...
via: Getty ImagesOr "non-binary", in other terms.
Just to break it down for you...
"gender neutral" "lgbtq+ fashion" "no borders no limits" i am shaking https://t.co/yoTbXC1x9R— ℓesly (@ℓesly)1547600632.0
It can be a confusing concept to get your head around...
via: GettyWhile some non-binary individuals identify as either having a gender which is in-between the 2 categories ‘man’ and ‘woman', others can fluctuate, or have no gender, either permanently or some of the time.
But how far is too far?
#girlslockeroom is a wake up call. It reminds us, how our old Gender specific approach to Gender neutral issues lik… https://t.co/pE3c4ycoWR— Gender Inequal INDIA (@Gender Inequal INDIA)1589114282.0
Take gender slamming fictional characters, for example.
via: GettyYep, some people choose to take offense over the gender assumption of made-up characters. You know, the ones that are not real, or do not have a valid, real-life opinion on gender?
Last year, many called for Father Christmas to become a gender-neutral figure.
via: GettyEven though Father Christmas is a fictional character made up for children, many parents called for the festive figure to not be gender-specific.
It actually caused quite a lot of outrage...
I understand some gender neutral things.... but a gender neutral Santa... I- 🤦♀️lemme find out and imma tell all y… https://t.co/V0C9p0mnTv— Hannah 🏀 (@Hannah 🏀)1576636994.0
It's a complex issue.
I'm all for equality but the idea that we should make Santa gender neutral or female is ridiculous! You cannot cha… https://t.co/RIiLMxwfne— Jane Dickinson (@Jane Dickinson)1544687630.0
And we can't forget about the whole "gingerbread man" debate, can we?
via: Getty ImagesSome people were calling for the term to be changed to "gingerbread people."
More and more people are now making a conscious effort to include gender-neutral pronouns in day-to-day life.
via: GettyAnd it's safe to say that the LGBTQ+ community is now bigger than ever and if they think this will help us move forward to achieve equality, then we should respect that.
So much so, that the United Nations shared this important tweet.
What you say matters. Help create a more equal world by using gender-neutral language if you're unsure about someo… https://t.co/y27Dwa1Jjq— United Nations (@United Nations)1589796180.0
via: Getty"Chair" instead of "Chairman", "Police Officer" instead of "Police Man", and "Spouse" instead of "Husband/Wife."
Things are getting better.
via: Getty ImagesAlthough some question whether these kinds of performative actions as a means of diverting from the real problem.