Words: Lauren Holter
“You’re the kind of girl I’d buy flowers for,” read one card. “You’re the kind of boy I’d make a sandwich for,” the other said.
When British actor, writer and singer Natasha Hodgson tweeted a photo of the cards side by side and called them “the two sides of heterosexuality,” people were quick to jump in with their own comparisons.
Many people asked what year it is, and pointed out that lots of people enjoy both flowers and sandwiches — regardless of their gender.
The cards also sparked a discussion about all the ways items are unnecessarily gendered, starting with children’s books and baby bottles.
Shoppers have pushed back against stores selling clothing or other items that perpetuate antiquated gender roles or sexist beliefs in recent years.
In 2017, a mother from Arizona, US, went viral for placing a NASA tank top designed for boys in the girl’s section.
Only last month, a medical and health-related Twitter account posted a photo of a little girl in pink scrubs (which read “nurse in training”) holding hands with a boy in green scrubs (which read “doctor in training”) in a hospital hallway.
“The children are cute. The sexism on their backs is NOT,” responded one Twitter user.