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to be shocked and disappointed by this sexism?

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awfullyproper Thu 18-Feb-16 11:29:21

This is the sticker page from dd's activity pack from the lounge at Gatwick. The male chracters: captain, Steward, photographer and spy.
The female characters: stewardess, movie star and model.
Not only that, but the male characters are 4 times wider than the females. The stewardess looks like an exaggerated Barbie.
AIBU, or is this just so wrong!

DraenorQueen Thu 18-Feb-16 11:32:37

Ugh, yes, I totally agree, OP. You'll probably get told by some to "give your head a wobble" or asked "is this really all you've got to worry about?" but this kind of image keeps the idea alive that men are the "do-ers" and women just need to look good and smile and wiggle.

witsender Thu 18-Feb-16 11:35:06

You're not wrong. Paw Patrol has being doing my head in this week. Boy out there saving the world, girl washing pups and keeping it looking clean.

LilacSpunkMonkey Thu 18-Feb-16 11:35:48


Did you know that there'a FGM happening elsewhere and you're worrying over silly little things like this? Shame on you and your ridiculous feminism.

Thought I'd trot that one out before someone else comes along and does it. I agree with you, OP. There's a lot of 'mild' sexist about lately and apparently we're meant to ignore it because it's not important. Are there contact details where you can complain? Something along the lines of 'no positive female role models'?

awfullyproper Thu 18-Feb-16 11:35:48

Last year DD laughed when I asked her if she'd like to be a pilot and said don't be silly, girls can't fly planes! I have no idea why she thought that. This can only reinforce such thoughts.

AdrenalineFudge Thu 18-Feb-16 11:39:42

Yanbu. It's really this sort of shit that ingrains stereotypes from such an early age. Last year I asked my niece what she wanted to be when she was older and she replied "pretty" hmm

awfullyproper Thu 18-Feb-16 11:39:54

Wow lilacspunk, thought you were for real at first! Was discussing FGM over breakfast just this morning.

Am definitely complaining. Fed up with this sort of sexism. Precisely because it is easy to belittle criticism of it.

CallieTorres Thu 18-Feb-16 11:41:34

awfullyproper - where did your daughter get that idea from? my DCs (fair enough they are boys) have never uttered anything like that (one of them does dance as he wants to extracurricular)

I never thought anything like that (child of the 1970s) so where does someone get the idea that there are jobs you cannot do because you are a girl?

(I agree the original point is out of order and should be addressed)

awfullyproper Thu 18-Feb-16 11:46:12

Callie, no idea but she got it from somewhere.

uglyswan Thu 18-Feb-16 11:48:15

YANBU. Is this recent? shock Blimey, you'd think there'd be some effort not to reinforce severely limiting gender roles for children in 20fucking16. And is it me, or are two of the male characters actually ogling the women?

LilacSpunkMonkey Thu 18-Feb-16 11:50:22

Sorry, OP, we had a thread yesterday on a very similar subject and someone did appear and pretty much say 'you can't moan about stuff like that because THIS is happening' and they used FGM as the 'thing' feminists should be concentrating on instead.

Lightbulbon Thu 18-Feb-16 11:52:37

Why are we still having to deal with this shi*?

awfullyproper Thu 18-Feb-16 11:55:48

I Missed that thread Lilac as I'm away. I do think that unless we fight it on all fronts we might as well give up and get back to the 1950s.

CallieTorres Thu 18-Feb-16 11:58:19

have you complained to the lounge?

there are female pilots out the commercially

Flashbangandgone Thu 18-Feb-16 12:00:46


It's as though it's come straight out of the 50s..... You should definitely consider complaining.

maydancer Thu 18-Feb-16 12:02:52

but I guess it is just reflecting life.Most pilots are still men and most cabin crew are female.I think you need to tell you DD though she will get that stewardess sacked if she doesn't get her shoes off the seating.
I get more irritated by the roadworks 'Drive carefully, my mum works here'

LilacSpunkMonkey Thu 18-Feb-16 12:03:04

Exactly, OP, we know that but apparently we shouldn't care about the little things that are there everyday because sexism doesn't exist anymore, dontcha know?

FithColumnist Thu 18-Feb-16 12:03:31

awfully, that is dreadful!

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

QueenofLouisiana Thu 18-Feb-16 12:11:39

I agree that it's sending out all the wrong messages. I discovered today that DS couldn't believe the man he saw at the doctors on Monday is a nurse because he's a man. I was shock as I thought we were pretty good on equal op's here. I was a bit miffed to say the least!

TheMshipIsBack Thu 18-Feb-16 12:12:57

awfully DS (3.5y) informed me yesterday morning that "car shirts are for boys, not for girls". Guess he got it from nursery? I was really taken aback - he accepted my gentle correction, and today we will be buying some transport theme babygros for his soon-to-arrive baby sister. Get your DD the Robert Munsch book "Angela's Airplane" maybe?

Pedestriana Thu 18-Feb-16 12:13:30

I'd be tweeting Gatwick to ask about it. I did this recently with a budget hotel chain who have discounts online. Their ad was blatantly sexist; I called them on it, they amended it the same day.

LastInTheQueue Thu 18-Feb-16 12:13:37

Please complain.

And to whoever mentioned that most pilots are still males and most cabin crew are female, yes, that's true. But maybe it's stuff like this that is reinforcing that kind of gender imbalance.

kaitlinktm Thu 18-Feb-16 12:15:59

I also hate the way all the "men" in the picture appear to be leering at the "women" - or is that my imagination?

uglyswan Thu 18-Feb-16 12:16:57

"but I guess it is just reflecting life.Most pilots are still men and most cabin crew are female."
So there's nothing to be done about it, then? No way of encouraging children and young people to consider careers that don't correspond to 1960s gender norms? No way children's entertainment could contribute to providing children with more options instead of further limiting them? Because a Gatwick airport activity pack is apparently a sociological record or a piece of 21st century verismo and has to depict social roles exactly as they are, is that what you're saying, maydancer ?

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