When it comes to gender roles, people are constantly demanding equality and fair treatment. No matter the topic, we can always count on the Internet to call out inequality when they see online. Recently, the latest controversy was a photo of two children shared on Twitter. The 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
The Twitter account dubbed the photo as “cute,” insinuating that toddlers with big dreams and ambitions are adorable. And, while it totally is, many thought that the photo was offensive and sexist—opening the floor to an argument about institutionalized sexism and gender stereotypes.
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
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
One Twitter user even edited the photo so that the backs of both children read “health professional in training.”
— Angel Fernando✨🌻 (@angg_fn) March 10, 2019
A few male nurses spoke out about their thoughts on the photo, too.
Nope. Male nurse here
— Divvey Fallfan (@Divveyfallfan) March 10, 2019
Im a nurse and im a guy.
— Fabián V (@fabiankdo) March 10,2019
Essentially, the takeaway from Twitter’s reaction is simple—kids in adult clothing/roles are adorable, but having them in confined sexist roles is not adorable.