International Women’s Day is Coming

And, predictably, so are the men who are terribly upset by the concept.

A friend posted on her Facebook page about an International Women’s Day event hosted by her employer. She was frustrated and irritated because the keynote (and only) speaker booked for the event is a man. On raising the issue with the organiser, her concerns were swept aside. She was told that it is important that we include men in these events.

Let me say it again: this is for an International Women’s Day event.

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Pepsi, the parent company of Frito-Lay, have announced that they are developing a new kind of product. Chips, but for women.

Yes, you read that correctly. Chips for women.

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Apparently, the Doritos you normally scoff by the bag, coating your fingers in tasty orange dust, are NOT chips for women. We’ve been forced into eating non-female-specific chips for years without even knowing. Call me cynical (because I am) but this reeks of a sexist marketing ploy relying on harmful stereotypes. PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi was interviewed by Freakonomics, where she discussed the upcoming product.

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It’s 2018 and while many people still react to gender diversity in a negative way, the fear and ignorance is slowly but steadily falling away. Everyone can be a part of that process by being respectful of a person’s gender pronouns. Personally, it makes me really happy to know that we are living in a time where gender diverse people can let people know how they should be addressed or referred to. They can make decisions about their bodies and lifestyles to make living in their own skin more joyful and less painful or traumatic.

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