Sexist people told this adventurer to 'make them a sandwich' so she left it somewhere impossible for them to reach
Of all the Ted Talks out there for our curious minds to feast on, "My journey to the North Pole and beyond" is one you don't want to miss. Presented at a TedX event in Melbourne two years ago by Australian teen adventurer Jade Hameister, she had an incredible story to share, and now, it just got even better.
The then 14-year-old started her speech strong by going straight into it with: "What if young women around the world were encouraged to be more, rather than less? What if the focus shifted from how we appear, to the possibilities of what we can do?"
She went on to say that as a woman, she's constantly told to be less: "to eat less, to wear less, to be skinnier, to shrink my ambitions to fit in. To wait for my Prince Charming to come and save me, or to avoid activities that are 'for boys' because I'm not strong enough or as tough."
But Jade much preferred to try and be more and have fun along the way, rather than settle for being less. How? By spending several weeks skiing to the North Pole, of course. At 14, she became the youngest person in history – male or female – to ski across the incredibly difficult terrain to the North Pole from the Last Degree.
Jade used her Ted Talk to speak about the expedition across sea ice, with the underlying message being that young girls shouldn't feel afraid to think beyond traditional limits of gender norms and stereotypes.
But of course, this is the internet we're talking about, and while majority of people applauded Jade for her bravery and empowering message and just for skiing horizontally while dragging a sled over frozen sea ice terrain to the top of the goddamn world for weeks on end, there were some trolls who got a kick out of making lame sexist comments on the YouTube video.
"Good on you sweetie, maybe could find a successful husband and make him a sandwich," wrote someone. Several other "sandwich" remarks were left in the comments section which left everyone else rolling their eyes further than they thought they could go.
"All these misogynistic comments literally demonstrate why this video is so relevant," wrote one hero in response to the comments. And what did Jade do? Well, she hilariously took their advice and made them a sandwich on a new expedition to the South Pole for the people to find.
The now 16-year-old endeavoured to the south and described the spot she served her sandwich as other-worldly, saying: "It is seriously as close to what a base on another planet would be like than anything else on the planet - a mini-town based around the scientific work of the National Science Foundation."
"Tonight (it never gets dark this time of year) I skied back to the Pole again... to take this photo for all those men who commented 'Make me a sandwich' on my TEDX Talk. I made you a sandwich (ham & cheese), now ski 37 days and 600km to the South Pole and you can eat it xx."
Sealed with a perfectly sassy kiss-kiss, Jade really told 'em where to stick it. In the snow. At the south pole. If they could even manage to survive the arduous trek like she did. HA! Take that sandwich people, and now kindly return to the 50's.