Co-op has asked the Great British public to help it name its new gender-neutral gingerbread person.
In the name of gender equality, using the word man to describe things that apply to both men and women is becoming a thing of the past, and quite right too. Firemen are firefighters. Policemen are police officers. However, that forward thinking has also been being applied to more than just occupations.
The humble gingerbread man is no longer just a man. Well, in some places anyway. While some companies that sell them now make gingerbread men and women, others have opted to make their sweet snacks gender neutral. For some reason that seems to anger some consumers. We don't really see an issue.
UK supermarket chain Co-op is about to become the next company to hop on the gender-neutral gingerbread bandwagon. Metro reports that the store revealed it will be selling brand new gingerbread people this September, and they will be neither men nor women. In fact, Co-op wants its customers to help with naming the cookie. Although the gingerbread person won't be on sale until September, name suggestions need to be entered by May 1.
"We’ve got some great ideas for what the new characters might look like and we’re pleased our first one is already famous – but now we need the help of our members in deciding on a name," explained a Co-op representative. They also went on to say that they are entirely okay with keeping it simple and calling the snack Ginger. We're fairly certain the people of Britain can come up with something a little more original than that.
Although naming something you are just going to eat might seem strange, Co-op isn't the first company to name its gingerbread people. Pret a Manger did the same thing except it opted for a gingerbread man and woman rather than one genderless biscuit. The man is called Godfrey and the woman, Annie. We look forward to seeing what Co-op's customers suggest for their contribution to the confectionary world.