Cute or controversial? Pic of boy and girl dressed as doctor and nurse causes social media firestorm for being 'sexist'
An image that was uploaded on social media of two children walking hand in hand at a hospital has been leaving users divided over whether the picture is cute or just plain sexist. The picture shows a little boy and a little girl walking down a hospital hallway together wearing scrubs that look very similar, except for one striking difference. The little girl's scrubs are pink in color and reads "Nurse in Training" on the back while the little boy's scrubs are green and reads "Doctor in Training".
The picture was shared on microblogging site Twitter by user @TheMedicalShots on March 10 and the image went viral almost instantly. The image features the unidentified little boy and girl holding hands and, with their backs to the camera, walking away down what looks like a hospital hallway, reported Daily Mail.
This is cute, isn't it? 😍 pic.twitter.com/ab9YfjiExN— Medical Shots (@TheMedicalShots) March 10, 2019
The account also added the caption with the tweet: "This is cute, isn't it?" along with a heart eyes emoji. The tweet has since been liked more than 20,000 times which showed that people agreed that the image was cute but the comments section revealed a whole other ball game.
Turns out that thousands of people took to the image to plainly reject it as not being even a little bit cute but rather to be very sexist. One user asked: "No it’s not. Why isn’t she a Dr as well? Or why is the boy not a nurse?"
Another user added: "The children are cute. The sexism on their backs is NOT." A third user furiously asked: "How did you tweet this from the year 1950?" User @NotGeauxGabby tweeted: "It’s actually sexist as f*** and an inaccurate representation since, as of 2017, there are more women in medical school than men."
It’s actually sexist as fuck and an inaccurate representation since, as of 2017, there are more women in medical school than men https://t.co/1VishbGXmA— The Creole Khaleesi (@NotGeauxGabby) March 10, 2019
Other users replied with disapproving GIFs and multiple male nurses and female doctors joined the conversation. One user wrote: "I’m a hospital doctor and even with my badge on my chest saying 'I’m a Doctor' patients are always like 'oh, are you the nurse/ pharmacist/ ward clerk?' It happens ALL the time." Another responded: "At my job, we REGULARLY will have a female doctor and male nurse in a room and the patient assumes he’s the doctor even though she’s the one with the white coat on."
Some of the users online were quick to call out all the critics by saying that they are making something out of nothing by finding a problem where none exists.
I just watched thousands of people freak out over someone dressing their BABY boy as a doctor and BABY girl as a nurse...— Sam Schneiderman (@S_A_M_SCH) March 11, 2019
Those people also got a very clear rebuttal from the critics saying that sexism later in life all stems from messages to children when they are still little. Cierra Williams wrote: "To everyone saying 'iTs NoT tHaT sErIoUS, tHeYrE jUsT kIdS.' WE KNOW!"
"It’s not about the kids. It’s about the thought process behind the picture. It’s about people still feeling like when you see a man in scrubs & a woman in scrubs, y’all automatically assume he’s the doctor." Where the picture emerged from is still not known so it is still a mystery as to what the intention behind it was in the first place.