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Someone came up with a gender-neutral way to say ‘daddy’ and it’s perfect

Lily Wakefield September 17, 2019
Pride participant seen with rainbow feathers and a "Daddy" fan

A participant seen with rainbow feathers and a "Daddy" fan during the London Pride parade. (Andres Pantoja/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty)

A tweet went viral this weekend, providing what everyone has been looking for – a gender-neutral version of the term “daddy”.

The tweet, which was posted by Twitter user “chlostrophobic”, now has more 60,000 retweets, 300,000 likes and more than a thousand comments.

It read: “Saying ‘yes daddy’ – boring, overused, reinforces patriarchal ideals. Saying ‘yes chef’ – cool, inventive, gender neutral.”

A “daddy” is usually the older person in a romantic or sexual relationship, and the term often indicates the power structure in the relationship, where the older partner has a larger income or social power.

However, the “inventive” idea made some Twitter users who work with chefs a bit uncomfortable.

Others were unenthusiastic as they thought the new gender-neutral term might kill the mood, especially one person who calls their actual father “chef”.


But most seemed to be thinking of one chef in particular.

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