March 13, 2017

Feminism’s victimhood culture is more oppressive than “sexist” traffic lights

Claire LehmannAustralian Contributor

Did you know that pedestrian crossings can be sexist? If you have unequal amounts of stick men, compared with stick women at crossing lights, apparently women pick up on subtle messages that they are not welcome in “public spaces”.

This is the rationale behind the Victorian government in Australia’s decision to change pedestrian crossing signs from male to female in Melbourne CBD intersections.

The signs will be paid for by an electrical company, not the taxpayer, which is a relief but the government is 100% behind the move with the Minister for women saying:

"There are many small — but symbolically significant — ways that women are excluded from public space. A culture of sexism is made up of very small issues, like pedestrian crossings being a male figure — and large issues such as the rate of family violence facing women."

Watch as I explain why this is flat out nonsense - we are talking about stick figures here - but why I don’t think it’s just harmless nonsense.

There is something that has a lot more potential to create feelings of inadequacy in women than pedestrian crossings and that is, constantly being told every day, that you are the victim of oppression.

I’m pretty sure that if something is oppressing women in the west right now, it’s victimhood culture.

Tell a group of people over and over and over again that they are victims and they might start to believe you, AND it might become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

If people truly believe that they are victims they will feel helpless and will seek to depend on paternalistic figures for protection. That is not empowering.

Today’s feminism is not liberating. It seeks to undermine women in order to justify its reason for existing.

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commented 2017-03-14 11:56:55 -0400
Jan G. Would that apply to homosexuals or are they exempt?
commented 2017-03-14 02:06:57 -0400
When hearing this news, it is hard to believe that this is coming from the same country that turns away the boat people.
commented 2017-03-13 19:08:17 -0400
What is most absurd is the notion that people THAT agoraphobic should rule us and dictate our political policies….they should stay home and make rice crispie squares.
commented 2017-03-13 18:35:48 -0400
I have always considered the standard crosswalk stick figure to be neutral, generic and androgenous, but OK. If we are going to put a skirt on it to create something​ distinctively female, shouldn’t we also alter the original supposedly “male” stick figure to make it “anatomically correct?” It’s only fair.
BTW, I am not having any difficulty understanding Maxine Bernier or Tommy Robinson, so I’m probably OK without the captioning for Australian speakers. Thanks anyway. ;-)
commented 2017-03-13 18:08:03 -0400
when did a stick figure become a male? I thought dresses where oppressive to women?
let the in fighting begin
commented 2017-03-13 17:42:16 -0400
Instead of attacking Professor Jordan Peterson, they should be seeking his counsel.
commented 2017-03-13 17:39:10 -0400
I’m afraid when it is revealed (of course it never will be) that transgender and all this sexual identity is a psychological disorder caused from psychological, emotional trauma, society will never be able to turn back.
Same results from dysfunctional pyschological body image as found in anorexia and bulimia.
Many people who thought themselves the opposite sex are now detransitioning. They experienced the severe negative hormone affects and the knowledge their bodies were not going to be much different than what they already had, mostly for women.
You can’t even watch a Walt Disney now without a homosexual character (Beauty and the Beast) being portrayed. I’m surprised they didn’t show the beast as transitioning to a man!
commented 2017-03-13 17:21:50 -0400
Because Melbourne women are #TooStupid to know when or when not to cross. Pathetic.
commented 2017-03-13 17:16:19 -0400
So pathetic that people have to make up some sort of offense to pain themselves as victims when there are true victims out there being ignored and cast aside.
commented 2017-03-13 16:58:06 -0400
Right on, Claire.