People on Twitter are outraged over a viral photo of two children for being offensive and sexist.
Twitter account Medical Shots, which tweets out health-related images and videos, posted a picture recently of a little boy and girl in scrubs. The boy is dressed in green with the words “Doctor in Training” printed on his back, whereas the girl dons all pink, the back of her shirt reading “Nurse in Training.”
This is cute, isn't it? ???? pic.twitter.com/ab9YfjiExN
— Medical Shots (@TheMedicalShots) March 10, 2019
“This is cute, isn’t it?” reads the caption on the image. The internet responded with a resounding “not at all,” questioning why the girl had to be the nurse and not the doctor, and arguing that gendered stereotypes imposed at such a young age contribute to institutionalized sexism.
No it’s not. Why isn’t she a Dr as well? Or why is the boy not a nurse?
— Twenty-One ???? (@21_03_90) March 10, 2019
How come she the nurse???
The children are cute. The sexism on their backs is NOT.
— Deirdre Marie-Iha (@MarieIha) March 10, 2019
No, it’s not ???? Why always a guy shown as e future doctor and a girl as a nurse ?
— Laure deMontalembert (@LauredeMontalem) March 10, 2019
One Twitter user “fixed” the photo so that the backs of both children read “health professional in training.”
— Angel Fernando✨???? (@angg_fn) March 10, 2019
While another desaturated it of all color, rendering the pinkand green of the scrubs indescernable.
— Alan (@GammaCounter) March 11, 2019
“No, it’s sexist,” wrote Julietta LaBlanc. “You are forcing a ceiling on this young lady’s dreams. You are telling her: You can be a nurse and boys can be Doctors. Stay in your lane.”
No, it’s sexist. You are forcing a ceiling on this young lady’s dreams.
You are telling her: You can be a nurse and boys can be Doctors.
Stay in your lane.
Let’s hope you didn’t force her to wear pink because she’s a young lady.
This is what you should print on those Uniforms: pic.twitter.com/ZHDqQDzvEz
— Julietta LaBlanc (@JuliettaLaBlanc) March 10, 2019
A few male nurses “nope’d” out of there real quick.
Nope. Male nurse here
— Divvey Fallfan (@Divveyfallfan) March 10, 2019
Im a nurse and im a guy.
— Fabián V (@fabiankdo) March 10,2019
Other Twitter users vented their frustration with an onslaught of gifs and memes.
— Ev AKA The New ???????????????????????? (@AstridLevinson) March 10, 2019
— D. King, MD (@doctorORbust) March 10, 2019
— kelvin ???????? (@Nivlek1) March 10, 2019
— Jana “Sexy Bad Choices” Hall (@ugobananas) March 10, 2019
Sorry, I live in a world where women can be doctors too. pic.twitter.com/1nHOGkmrlx
— Andrea Marie (@DaniPayson) March 10, 2019
In conclusion: Kids are cute. Promoting gender stereotypes is not.