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These Greeting Cards Are Getting Slammed For Being Overtly Sexist, And We’re Shaking Our Heads

@NatashaHodgson/Twitter; @LouisStaples/Twitter

A couple of greeting cards went viral when shared on Twitter. They’ve been criticized for promoting a sexist message.

The cards in question display two messages, somewhat innocuous by themselves, but when taken together and combined further with the colored envelopes, reinforce gender stereotypes.

The first card is paired with a pink envelope and says,

“You’re the kind of girl I’d buy flowers for”

The second comes with a blue envelope with the message,

“You’re the kind of boy I’d make a sandwich for”

The cards were shared online by U.K.-based writer and actor Natasha Hodgson.

There were many who initially dismissed the criticism, insulting anyone who was offended by the cards.

However, it’s not so simple.

To start, these cards reinforce a heteronormative stance that helps isolate those who do not fit within it. It’s not just defining people as a girl or a boy, but limiting what it means to be a girl or a boy.

The blue card is particularly egregious, as it uses the common trope of having a woman make a man a sandwich.

It’s old, not clever, and people are tired of it.

Second, plenty of people who would like to put down the “snowflakes” for being so offended over these cards would also get offended at anything that tries to be more inclusive.

Somehow, bringing up the idea that a person can be attracted to the same or multiple genders is propaganda, but making fun of these cards is a sign you’re too sensitive.

So maybe think before you dismiss the criticism of these cards.

The post was retweeted almost 5000 times, and has well over 20k likes.

Natasha neglected to mention the name of the store selling the cards, but honestly, you can probably find them, or similar, at any store that sells greeting cards.

Just know, they’re probably cursed.

Maybe go with something more creative and original next time? Or maybe you should just stick to cute puppy cards.


Written by Ben Acosta

Ben Acosta is an Arizona-based fiction author and freelance writer. In his free time, he critiques media and acts in local stage productions.