An actress has accused a card retailer of sexism for stocking cards which reinforce gender stereotypes.
Actor and singer Natasha Hodgson from Warrington took to
A matching card with a blue envelope read: ‘You’re the kind of boy, I’d make a sandwich for’.
Natasha who has over 3,000 followers on the social media platform, and performs with a comedy troupe, sparked a debate after sharing the designs with the caption: ‘Ahh yes, the two sides of heterosexuality, commerce and toil.
And while many said the cards looked as if they belonged in the 1950s, and shared their own horror stories, others accused her of deliberately seeking out examples of sexism.
Natasha Hodgson (pictured) from Warrington received over 4,000 shares on a Twitter thread discussing everyday sexism
The actress argued in her Twitter post (pictured) that the cards on display in an unnamed retailer are representative of only two sides of heterosexuality
One person said: ‘When are people going to stop moaning over every little thing in life? Boo hoo, someone done something you don’t like.
‘Guess what, you can just choose to ignore it and move on instead of crying over everything that doesn’t fit in with your way of thinking.’
Another wrote: ‘Almost 4.5k retweets & 20k likes, for what? 2 cards ffs!! If this was all that’s wrong in the world, I would be happy. Don’t like the cards? Don’t buy them, I wouldn’t.’
A third added: ‘Why would anyone go into a card shop and choose the ONLY TWO cards in the shop that could possibly be interpreted as sexist, when there are loads more? I guess some people just have agendas.’
Many responses to the post agreed with Natasha that the card designs seem inappropriate and reminiscent of those seen in the 1950s
However, a flood of response to the post agreed with Natasha that the cards promote an archaic message.
One person: ‘What’s this ****???? Is it the 1950s or what????’
Another wrote: ‘Did someone from the 50s drop their cards through a portal to the modern day or something, wtf?’
A third added: ‘Gosh! When are we going to evolve?!’
A number of Twitters users posted their own examples of everyday sexism and accused retailers of pushing gender stereotypes from a young age
Other responders shared their own examples of everyday sexism, and accused brands of pushing gender stereotypes from a young age.
One shared a snap of two children’s books side-by-side , featuring a car on the boys’ book and butterflies on the version for girls.
‘Because obviously, babies require separate gender-specficic reading material at this tender age,’ she said.
‘Thank goodness that the girl cover is all about “pwetty flowers & butterfwies”. Couldn’t have them getting one with a car on the front.’
Others slammed the actress for starting the thread and claimed it was unnecessary to post a photo of the designs on Twitter