Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - YOUR LO­CAL NEWS -

I was at an event over the week­end that left me a lit­tle per­turbed.

Not the event - it was a pleas­ant enough fundraiser for a lo­cal high school. What dis­turbed me was some­thing that hap­pened at the event.

Part of the evening in­cluded an auc­tion, and an older man, ob­vi­ously ex­pe­ri­enced in call­ing such things, did the hon­ours.

Dur­ing his ‘ban­ter’, he man­aged to of­fend at least half of the au­di­ence.

His com­ments in­cluded ref­er­ences to women’s un­der­wear and he pointed to par­tic­u­lar women in the au­di­ence and made leer­ing sug­ges­tions about their sex­ual ac­tiv­i­ties. It was old­fash­ioned, in­ap­pro­pri­ate and, quite hon­estly, gross.

Leav­ing out the fact that there were high-school stu­dents in at­ten­dance, and most of those fe­male, this sort of ‘ban­ter’ has no place in 2017.

I’m sure I’m not alone in my seething ou­trage, and I re­gret not say­ing some­thing at the time. Be sure, though, that next time I will. We’re bet­ter than this. – Shan­non.

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