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This is not the Onion -- it's Metro.co.uk: Is only hiring male Santa impersonators discrimination against women?

After a councillor in County Durham told a woman she couldn’t play Father Christmas, a row kicked off about whether it’s time we changed the rules and had female Santa Clauses. If you saw the debate you might have dismissed it – after all, Santa has always been a jolly fat man, famed for his massive white beard – and that’s what kids expect, right? So, why change tradition? Well, why not? Santa is a fictional construct after all.

The piece was written by Faima Bakar and her arguments in favor of female Santas are about as lame as you would expect.

Reactions in the comment section are 100 percent negative, including this one from an apparent fellow traveler: "Faima please. Stories like this do nothing but set back progress."