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.