I was of the thinking that the gingerbread universe was on a similar plane to ours. Granted, our houses aren’t made out of our own flesh, but more in the sense that, like the word ‘human’ the words ‘gingerbread man’ were gender neutral.
I’ll be completely honest with you, I didn’t think gingerbread men had genders. I thought they were foods cut into the vague shape of a person who consistently wears just buttons, like some kind of pervert.
They also taste f*cking awful.
Nonetheless, Co-Op Food has decided to tackle gender-bias head-on by releasing their brand new, gender-neutral gingerbread person which, presumably, also tastes f*cking awful. Goes to show that we’re all the same on the inside.
Doubling down, the gingerbread person doesn’t yet have a name, and Co-Op want you help to name it. In a press release, the shop said:
“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.
“We also need to ensure that the name is gender neutral too. 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.“
So they want a name that works all year-round (like every name that isn’t Father Christmas) and they need it to be gender-neutral. You know how Marks and Spencer’s Colin the Caterpillar isn’t gender neutral and everyone hates it? Yeah they want to avoid that.
Oh no wait everyone loves Colin.
Anyway, you can suggest a name for this Gingerbread Person right here and make sure it follows the rules.
Sorry if I’m being facetious but it is a biscuit.
Images via Co-Op, Getty