A huge debate has ensued following a BBC decision to call snowmen ‘snowpeople’ in a new children’s TV show.
Catie Munnings, 20, who presents Cate’s Amazing Machines on CBeebies said ‘snowpeople’ during a recent episode.
In the episode, Cate said:
Snow is amazing. You get to build snowpeople and go sledging.
Plenty of parents of course took to Twitter to express their outrage at the gender neutral term, huffing and puffing about how they want their snowpeople to only be assigned the male gender, like the good ol’ days.
The ol’ days when patriarchy was injected into everyday lexicon, just to cement it.
Had the lil misfortune of watching Piers Morgan on his Morning tv crap #GMB, he had an issue with CBeebies (a KIDS' tv channel) calling a snowman a snowperson. He talked like it was some great injustice to men, This is the self appointed representative of masculinity 🙄🙄🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️.
— Wale Gates 🇳🇬🇬🇧 (@walegates) November 5, 2018
One dad, Simon Gurd angrily wrote on Twitter:
Put CBeebies on for my daughter and they are referring to ‘snow people’.
More PC garbage and indoctrination from the BBC. Another reason to abolish the licence fee.
A surprising number of people seemed offended at the thought of a snowman being genderless, who knew it would be such a sensitive topic.
I get that PC culture is going a bit mad, but see if someone calling a snowman a snow-person is what’s really getting you wound up about the world I think you need to check your priorities. On the grand scheme of things CBeebies presenters ain’t our biggest enemy. #Snowpeople
— Scott J (@Scottish_Scott) November 5, 2018
Another dad wrote:
Got cbeebies on for the kids, talking about snow and how you can build “snow people” so we can’t even say snowman now more.
The world’s gone mad, hasn’t it! You have to use gender inclusive terminology that both girls and boys can relate to… nightmare
i have a strong hatred for piers morgan and his diminishing jokes. and no, i’m not ‘triggered’ by his “non-binary gender fluid snowperson”, i just think mocking nb people could be detrimental to their mental health
i hope he slips
— = stream sensible girls = (@plasterknuckle) December 11, 2017
Piers Morgan, unsurprisingly unaware of his male privilege, has previously got a word in on the topic of course, saying:
Right, I’m off to build a non-binary gender fluid snowperson.
Another Twitter user commented:
The reaction to CBeebies modernising “snowman” to “snowpeople” is hilarious.
There are accusations of over sensitivity and snowflakes from those who want it to stay gendered. Do they not see that they are the ones being delicate??
I am sorry but if ur a grown ass man and ur actually mad that CBeebies called them snowpeople instead of snowmen u r super weird https://t.co/ZyS6r5FA0O
— magic mike xxl (@michael_upson) November 5, 2018
Over the last couple of years, there has been a rise in use of the term ‘gender fluid’, a concept some portions of society have continued to be challenged by, but one which has seen great strides in its social and cultural understanding – the idea a person doesn’t necessarily identify as having a fixed gender regardless of their biological make-up.
Problems occasionally arise in society when accepted norms are challenged and people feel their way of life is being threatened.
Unfortunately, gender-fluidity falls into the ‘threatening’ category for a lot a people – turns out – there are some who see the idea of Snowmen being renamed to something more gender fluid like ‘Snowperson’, as a real threat to their way of life.
Watched Catie's Amazing Machines with my 4 year old this morning as she loves it. However…
Snowpeople?! Really?! WTF are Snowpeople? Do they really require a gender? Even my 4 yo said it was a silly word cos they're snowmen
Fact. #CBeebies #fail #bbc
— L A U R A C L A I R (@laura__clair) November 5, 2018
Traditionally, across books, television and the even the 1982 film, The Snowman, these winter-made figures are depicted as genderless – they have no genitals after all or any other scientific DNA!
Despite the argument and whether you’re for or against this, it raises the issue of gender fluid representation and how there’s a lack of it.
Initiatives from companies like London Underground, choosing to scrap their announcements such as ‘good morning ladies and gentleman’ to simply say, ‘good morning everyone’, are a step in the right direction to make everyone feel welcome and included. It doesn’t affect anybody. It’s just background noise which doesn’t needlessly identify only portions of society.
The reaction to CBeebies modernising “snowman” to “snowpeople” is hilarious. There are accusations of over sensitivity and snowflakes from those who want it to stay gendered. Do they not see that they are the ones being delicate??
— Hannah Banana (@Hanban21) November 5, 2018
It’s not like anyone’s calling for Father Christmas to be renamed ‘Person Christmas‘. Oh.
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