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Note 2 – apologies for the formatting, it just won’t sort itself out.
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It has been a strange few hours in the world of the gamification of drinking beer, especially if you are on Untappd.
In the endless drive for equality among the sexes, the people behind the site have listened to feedback and change a couple of badges:
What was “Brewnettes have more fun”
Is now “Bravo for Brown”
Likewise “Blondes do it Better”
Has changed to “Fields of Gold” – which should immediately cause offence to those who hate the musician known as Sting.
But these aren’t the only badges that are offensive and I will detail some of those that still exist “for fun” for which Untappd should consider a rename and/or redesign.
The “Heavyweight” badge is offensive to fat people.
Next are the following badges with apply a male gender to what should be an androgynous beer bottle:
The presence of men in these badges
Next up are the most offensive of cultural appropriations
The Matador badge, which is not only cultural appropriation but also promotes a bloodsport
The Flamenco badge, more cultural appropriation along with pushing gender stereotypes while enforcing the view that women dance for the pleasure of men.
The “Hey Honey” badge, which promotes unwanted advances against women.
“I’ll Be Bock” which is offensive to all cybernetic organisms with neural net processors that have the capability to learn, become more human and strive to help prevent Judgement Day.
This is not an exhaustive list and much like Pumpclip Parade it can only be changed for the better by people seeking out badges that are likely to cause offence of any kind and shame the makers into making their site and app a more inclusive and sensitive experience.
Thanks for reading.