“Snowpal” Is The New, Gender-Neutral Replacement Term For “Snowman” You’ve Always Wanted

Snowpals are the future.

1. Snowmen are neat.

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2. Making snowmen is fun for both kids and adults.

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3. Even bears like snowmen.

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4. And yet snowmen are a little sexist.

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5. It’s very old-fashioned, and not in the good way, to imply that being a man is “normal” and that a “snowwoman,” say, would be unusual. Did the snowwomen and snowgirls have to stay inside?

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This snowman is thinking about the oppression implicit in his silence about gender norms.

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6. Words like “snowwoman” and “snowperson” and “snowpeople” don’t quite have a ring to them, though. They’re awkward to say. As words, they do not roll naturally off the tongue like a ball of snow rolls down a hill.

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7. SOLUTION: “Snowpals.”

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It’s a preschool-teacher kind of word.

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8. This snowpal, for example, is really going to be buzzing if it drinks all of that coffee.

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9. This snowpal is waiting for its OWN pal.

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10. (Maybe there was some confusion over which bench to meet at.)

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11. This snowpal could be dangerous.

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12. This snowpal went to London and knows that girls can do anything that boys can do.

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13. This snowpal went on a beach vacation paid for by its friend Jane (a successful female working professional who knows that having a family and a career are not mutually exclusive).

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14. And this snowpal doesn’t like movies and TV shows where the female characters are only around to fall in love with or be rescued by the male characters.

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15. So consider using the term yourself.

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16. To help kids learn that pals of all kinds…

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17. …are created equal.

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18. h/t Mom

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