U.K. grocery giant Tesco is being accused of sexism over its shopping carts
The safety instructions on the handles of the carts show three silhouettes of a women with children.
The Sun reported how a woman from Manchester posted a complaint on Twitter with the hashtag “everyday sexism.”
“Tesco, is it only women who do the food shopping and look after the kids?” she wrote.
“The idea that shopping trolleys should be gendered in any way seems ridiculous,” claimed Samantha Rennie, executive director at equality group the Rosa UK Fund for Women and Girls. “It’s a seemingly small factor that plays a role in reinforcing stereotypical ideas of the woman being responsible for the weekly food shop,” she added.
The grocery store chain is reportedly replacing the images with gender-neutral safety instructions.
“Everyone’s welcome at Tesco, which is why we’ve been changing the icons on our trolleys to use a new, gender-neutral design,” A Tesco spokesperson told The Sun. “The new design is already on over 20,000 trolleys and will feature on all new trolleys in the future.”