A mom has come under serious fire after she referred to the fictional Christmas character, Santa Claus, by his “gender-specific” name, Father Christmas.
The woman’s choice of name triggered a lot of angry social media users, and they have even come up with a new, more gender-neutral name for the bearded chap… Keep scrolling for more.
Long 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.
Or “non-binary”, in other terms.
People use the term “non-binary” to describe genders that don’t fall into 1 of the 2 more traditional categories of male or female.
While 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.
While people are completely free to identify how they wish, there are some who take the whole gender argument a little further than others.
Yep, 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?
No, I am not making this up.
Does it really matter what’s underneath his signature red suit?
Well, apparently it really does matter.
Because one mom has come under serious fire for assuming the gender of the reindeer-flying postman.
The unnamed woman from Plymouth, England, claims that she was attacked online after calling the fictional Christmas character by a gender-specific term instead of a more gender-fluid term.
Stop the world, I want to get off.
The local mom claimed that she was discussing a children’s Christmas book in a Facebook group when she used the name “Father Christmas”, PlymouthLive reported.
Sounds pretty innocent so far, right?
Because, by calling him “Father”, it is automatically assuming the jolly, red-suited chap’s gender.
Well, he isn’t real… But still.
“Santa is now seen as gender-neutral,” the woman wrote on her post. “But I was only referring to the book ‘Father Christmas’ by Raymond Briggs.”
And is now unsure how to address the fictional character in the future. “It’s left me a little confused and on edge about what we are aloud [sic] to say,” she continued.
And most jumped to her defense, slamming the whole situation as “ridiculous” and “idiotic.”
It’s a fictional character people!
The person who the character of Father Christmas was initially inspired by, St. Nicholas, was male. Therefore, Father Christmas has always been male, and he hasn’t had an issue with that so far.
“Santx”. The perfect gender-neutral alternative.
Or, we could continue calling the character Father Christmas, Santa Claus or St. Nicholas and just get over ourselves?
For more on all things gender-neutral, keep scrolling to read about Barbie’s gender makeover…