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.
We're living in the era of gender fluidity.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.
More and more people are identifying as gender neutral...Or "non-binary", in other terms.
Just to break it down for you...
via: ShutterstockPeople use the term “non-binary" to describe genders that don’t fall into 1 of the 2 more traditional categories of male or female.
It can be a confusing concept to get your head around...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.
But how far is too far?
via: ShutterstockWhile people are completely free to identify how they wish, there are some who take the whole gender argument a little further than others.
Take gender slamming fictional characters, for example.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?
And Father Christmas is the latest character to fall into the gender trap.No, I am not making this up.
Given that Santa Claus is a fictional character designed simply to make Christmas fun for the kids...Does it really matter what's underneath his signature red suit?
Well, apparently it really does matter.
via: ShutterstockBecause one mom has come under serious fire for assuming the gender of the reindeer-flying postman.
One comment gave her a whole lot of grief...
via: ShutterstockThe 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.
Yes, fully grown adults arguing over the gender identity of Father Christmas.Stop the world, I want to get off.
The woman made her grave error on Facebook...
via: ShutterstockThe 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?
Well, the name "Father Christmas" is rather problematic these days...Because, by calling him "Father", it is automatically assuming the jolly, red-suited chap's gender.
What if he wants to identify as gender-neutral?
via: ShutterstockWell, he isn't real... But still.
The woman was urged to call the Christmas character "Santa" instead...
via: Shutterstock“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."
The woman insists that she didn't mean to cause any offense...
via: ShutterstockAnd 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.
Obviously, people were left outraged by her story...
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
Many believe the gender debate has got a little out of hand...
@gregkrehbiel @wfaaweather Santa isn’t real. Thinking Santa should be female or gender neutral is no more moronic t… https://t.co/Mch3ixW0RA— Kevin Shane (@Kevin Shane)1544798081.0
And others pointed out that you simply can't change history...
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
But there may be a solution...
Santx; the gender neutral Santa— RYAN DUNN O))) (@RYAN DUNN O))))1544292369.0