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JenX writes:

Anyone seen the new Lidl ad (above)? Another cringey outing for the ‘proudly supporting LADIES’ Gaelic Football’ motto. Last time the ‘ladies’ were impressive-looking club players.This time (above) it’s schoolgirls and teens.

‘LADIES Gaelic Football’?  Is there a “GENTLEMEN’S Gaelic Football’ or a ‘LORDS’ Gaelic Football’? It’s ‘WOMEN’S Gaelic Football‘  

Anyone?

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        1. PaddyM

          That JenX and the rest of the outragerati might need to take it up with the women running the LGFA?

          A first move might be to join their local club and put forward a motion to change the name of the organisation. The GAA and its affiliates, whatever their many other faults, are democratic organisations.

      1. Ronan

        Eh not really. It’s a fact that the sport is called Ladies Gaelic Football. It’s not true as the OP says that it’s Women’s Gaelic Football. That’s not to say it shouldn’t be, although I would say it should be called just Gaelic Football. But what did she or you think Lidl should call it exactly??

    1. Dόn 'The Unstoppable Force' Pídgéόní

      Ah, they are ones who play with pearls and white gloves yes?

      1. mildred st. meadowlark

        You will be joining us for afternoon tea then? I brought the tasteless, crustless, semi-soggy cucumber sandwiches. It will be FAB.

          1. Dόn 'The Unstoppable Force' Pídgéόní

            I’ll take either as long as we can make fun of the plebs at every opportunity

          2. PaddyM

            OK, we’ll make you intersectional tasteless, semi-soggy cucumber-and-hang sangwidges with one crust removed so.

  1. ceo

    Is “ladies” deemed offensive or something? Like if I casually address a few men I might say “Hi guys” or “Hi gents”, if they are female I might say “Hi ladies”. Is that not deemed appropriate now or what’s the story? Genuine question.

      1. ceo

        Well is there an alternative to “Hi ladies” then because you can’t say “Hi women”. And why is it offensive?

        1. Cot

          hi lads, hi ladies, that’s informal. but with a title, as in men’s rugby, women’s rugby, it’s better not to use the colloquial. plus, i know many women who’d smack you if you said – hi ladies, which is fair enough.

          1. Billy Kremlin

            What is the world coming to. Thankfully I only ever see people like this on Broadsheet. I never encounter them in real life.

            Would you ever relax and enjoy life?

          2. PaddyM

            Well, if they’re going to smack you, they’re not ladies to begin with.

            *takes cover from incoming shellfire*

          3. Tony

            You shall all be hoisted on your own petards. Im going to stick with women who act like ladies and who dont mind being approved of when they do.

    1. Dόn 'The Unstoppable Force' Pídgéόní

      Have you tried “Hi/Hello/S’up/Morning/Afternoon/Nice day/Alwite/*nod*?

  2. Spaghetti Hoop

    We’ve had public toilets for eons now and nobody complained about ‘Ladies’ and ‘Gents’….why are these terms for the genders so riled by the poster? If anything, I would equate the reference as having manners – not a bad thing, surely?

    Though I get her / his point on the patronising and tokenist advert. A bit like saying ‘female judge’ or ‘male nurse’.

    1. Dόn 'The Unstoppable Force' Pídgéόní

      First we make fun of JenX (see Jimmee), then we talk about the sport

  3. Brendan O'

    Lidl: helping Irish feminist round ball in hands player since 2016.
    Read it like a German.

  4. J

    *Organises a petition to do away with “Meine Damen und Herren” and “Ladies and Gentleman ” *

    Please sign here ….

  5. Alan

    the website for the ladies Gaelic Football is here
    http://ladiesgaelic.ie/

    if anyone has an issue with the name they should take it up with the ladies who run the LGFA and whilst they are at it they can also raise any issues they have with their Gaelic for Mothers and others’ campaign and their Gaelic for girls campaign

    The ladies who play football don’t seem to have an issue with the name of their organization so if they are happy why are people being offended on their behalf?

  6. Redtop

    I’ve been greeting my female colleagues at the coffee table for years with something along the lines of “How are ye Ladies” and I have not been slapped yet, but now you’ve got me worried. I don’t think they would take too kindly to being called “Lads”, “Women” “Guys” or “Folks” , so can someone tell me what I should use in future ? Maybe I should just keep my mouth shut and not greet them at all.

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