Too caught up in gen­der pol­i­tics

Midwest Times - - OPINION - Rae­lene Hall

If I never hear the word “gen­der” ever again, I’ll be over the moon.

I’m sick of it dom­i­nat­ing news and cur­rent af­fairs.

As a fe­male, I openly say many men are get­ting the short end of the stick. In fact, they are be­ing belted by the stick.

There are no per­fect hu­man be­ings — men or woman.

I’ve seen and heard ex­pe­ri­ences of bul­ly­ing by both gen­ders.

Bad be­hav­iour should al­ways be called out and dealt with by the ap­pro­pri­ate means.

It doesn’t mat­ter the age or gen­der of the per­son with the bad be­hav­iour. It’s not ac­cept­able and our chil­dren should be taught this from birth.

In­stead, some use their gen­der as a rea­son to lash out. Now, don’t get me wrong. There are ar­eas in which one gen­der is worse off than the other. I would imag­ine the fig­ures around sex­ual as­sault gen­er­ally means more women are at­tacked by men.

This is wrong and all de­cent peo­ple of ei­ther gen­der should speak out against this.

Do­mes­tic vi­o­lence is an­other area where the bal­ance of those harmed is weighted quite heav­ily on the side of women with men be­ing the ma­jor­ity of per­pe­tra­tors.

Again, this is un­ac­cept­able, and we must find ways to ad­dress it.

But in gen­eral ar­eas of men and women, we are tip­ping the scales so far in the op­po­site di­rec­tion, it’s beyond funny. Should women be al­lowed to breast­feed a baby in Par­lia­ment? Yes, as long as a fa­ther is al­lowed to bot­tle feed a baby in Par­lia­ment.

Should women and men re­ceive iden­ti­cal pay and con­di­tions?

Ab­so­lutely, as long as both are do­ing the ex­act same job with the same work­load and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. Should a woman sit on a board or in Par­lia­ment purely on ac­count of her gen­der? Ab­so­lutely not.

Any­one who sits in Par­lia­ment should do so based on their qual­i­fi­ca­tions, not their gen­der.

Should men be al­lowed to en­ter “par­ents’ rooms” at shop­ping cen­tres if they have a baby who needs feed­ing or chang­ing?

Yes, be­cause they are a par­ent car­ing for a baby.

Let’s look at solv­ing some of the real is­sues in our coun­try in­stead of spend­ing all our time ar­gu­ing over gen­der is­sues.

Male or fe­male — just get the job done.

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