Gingerbread Man Victimised

Yesterday, I stopped at my local bakery for an impromptu snack. While checking the cake window (because I am calorie deficient in all things sweet) I noticed a plate of Gingerbread ‘persons’. I am sure many others have seen this poor little blighter generically maligned.

I politely asked the assistant why the delicacy was not described as a Gingerbread ‘Man’.

‘Oh, some people say it’s sexist,’ came the reply.

I pushed my view and educated the assistant that ‘Gingerbread Man‘ is the name of a character from a story (and book) by Sarah Cone Bryant, published in 1926.

My view is that a person, business, or institution should not be allowed (legally or morally) to take that character’s name under their own proprietorship and do with it as they please. Taking my stance a step further, will we  soon see Superperson, Batperson, Spiderperson and Wonderperson? In all probability though, Wonderwoman would be exempted, because the female gender remains unchallenged in discrimination. Without adopting a sexist view, might I ask why the occupation of midwife has not been renamed ‘midperson’?

Yes, there is a case for exemptions in circumstances where one sex might be disadvantaged over the other; that is when discriminatory measures should be enforced. However, to consciously take a person’s intellectual property and ‘bastardise’ it with another name seems, to me, a greater offence than leaving the poor oven-bake as a simple Gingerbread Man.

Paige Elizabeth Turner
Paige writes across a variety of genres, but prefers to concentrate on her crime / mystery series featuring Private Investigator Olivia Watts and her Watts Happening? Investigations agency. Also dabbling in poetry, Paige produces emotive verse from romance through to environmental issues. Writing is her lifeblood, but as experienced by many writers, there’s a shortfall of financial nutrients feeding the blood.

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