It’s March and that means International Women’s Day and do you know what the most pressing issue is for Australian feminists? Honour killings? Female genital circumcision? Perhaps women being denied basic human rights such as the right to vote or drive a car?
No, protesting those things might seem Islamophobic. Misogyny is bad in the western world due to a President who once used some salty locker room talk, but misogyny in Muslim-majority countries is okay because it’s ‘diverse misogyny’ or something.
And so the most profound feminist issue in Australia today is the lack of female icons at pedestrian crossings.
The Herald Sun reported, the Committee for Melbourne wants to ensure half of all pedestrian road crossings feature a female icon on walk/don’t walk signals because such a gender-equity measure will help deal with discrimination.
To those women who aren’t aware of feeling discriminated against at intersections because there are no stick figures in skirts, you just don’t realize you’re being discriminated against by way of an “unconscious bias.”
That’s what those behind the Equal Crossings Initiative say any way.
They’ll begin with a 12-month trial of 10 female pedestrian symbols before deciding on a state-wide rollout of the feminized icons but a recent poll of 12,000 beleaguered taxpayers showed more than 94 per cent of respondents said it was a dumb idea.
But what do they know? Brendan Pauwels, a testosterone-challenged Victoria bureaucrat, said he was swayed by his eight-year-old daughter to go ahead after she asked why “all the crossing symbols were men”. To quote Pauwels:
“To me that’s good enough reason to support gender-equal pedestrian signals.”
Fantastic. Public works programs in Australia are championed by unelected third graders.
Pauwels and his politically-correct cohorts better be careful what they wish for though. How long before the transsexual community demands representation on those walk/don’t walk signals?
In the meantime, Happy Women’s Day one and all. You’ve come a long way, baby, I think...