By ALEXIS CAREY
So “genderless gingerbread figures” are now a thing, and they prove the world has officially lost its mind.
In case you’re not across the background story, an unnamed, “hip” Melbourne bakery has made international headlines today after a picture of these biscuits were posted on Reddit with the caption: “So this is what the world is coming to…”
These are the gingerbread…beings in question.
Naturally, the story went viral quicker than Alan Jones can say “political correctness gone mad”, with Redditors finding the biscuits equal parts horrifying and hilarious.
Now, before you accuse me of having no sense of humour, I accept there is every chance these were meant as a joke.
In fact, I am clinging to the hope that this was all a huge, tongue-in-cheek prank – because if not, I’m pretty sure they represent the decay of modern civilisation.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m totally, 100% in favour of standing up against discrimination, whether it comes in the form of words or actions.
I was pretty bloody ticked off when Finance Minister Mathias Cormann called Opposition Leader Bill Shorten an “economic girlie-man” recently.
I cringe every time some douchcanoe goes to a party dressed up in “hilarious” blackface or heads to Coachella sporting a Native American headdress.
And I absolutely, positively hate it when I overhear surly teenagers describe something bad as “gay”.
But here’s the thing – when we PC-ify every part of popular culture, by making gingerbread men and women genderless, or changing Baa, Baa, Black Sheep to Baa, Baa, Rainbow Sheep, or removing all trace of Christmas from our schools and childcare centres, we run the risk of losing our culture altogether.