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Is the Children and Young People Commissioner sexist?

By Leon Arundell - 30 July 2011 39

When my girls went to primary school they were taught that “girls can do anything.” My boys were taught the same: “girls can do anything.”

The Children and Young People Commissioner has published a book entitled, “Why Girls are Important.”

So I politely inquired whether they had published a complementary book on “Why Boys are Important.”

They replied equally politely, “At this stage, there isn’t a companion volume for boys.”

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39 Responses to
Is the Children and Young People Commissioner sexist?
emd 11:29 pm 31 Jul 11

milkman said :

What’s required is recognition that if you single out a group of people for assistance, eventually they should get to a point where they don’t need continued assistance. I would say that in Australia women are probably at or near that point.

I wonder why so many women are still being raped, bashed by their partner, not offered board positions, have lower average weekly earnings than men with a pay gap that hasn’t changed in decades, and have less superannuation on retirement?
Oh, those things aren’t still happening? Sorry, my mistake. I am such a feminazi that I just make sh*t up.
And even if those things still happened, it must be because we dress like sluts, don’t know when to shut up, aren’t qualified, choose to work in low pay jobs, and choose to take time out of paid work to be carers for children or the elderly or disabled. Because it is always our choice in this wonderful egalitarian society, where the streets are paved with gold and Lake Burley Griffin is filled with gin and all the trees are made of chocolate.

milkman 6:58 pm 31 Jul 11

What’s required is recognition that if you single out a group of people for assistance, eventually they should get to a point where they don’t need continued assistance. I would say that in Australia women are probably at or near that point.

zippyzippy 2:55 pm 31 Jul 11

Ben_Dover said :

emd said :

And if anyone wants to have a general rant about women, perhaps they should first go read the latest UN Women report, Progress of the World’s Women: In Pursuit of Justice.

Oh god… Beam me up Scotty….

If true this shows a clear sexist bias against boys, and no amount of femniazi whining will change that.

‘feminazi’?

Hey, here’s a neat cartoon for us to ponder as this discussion develops:

http://www.gabbysplayhouse.com/wp-content/doodles/sexism-all.jpg

Good, eh?

Ben_Dover 12:45 pm 31 Jul 11

On 8 March 2011, Australia celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD), an annual event which recognises the achievements of women and girls, and highlights the ongoing social, political and economic issues faced by women and girls.

In celebration of IWD, on 10 March 2011 the ACT Minister for Women, Ms Joy Burch MLA, launched the Why Girls Are Important book. The book contains photographs of cloth banners made by over 500 children and young people from across Canberra during a consultation by the Children & Young People Commissioner (CYPC) for IWD 2010.

Equivalents for any of this for boys/young men? Nil.

Watson 10:43 am 31 Jul 11

Someone should let them know!

And also about any publications aimed at the Indigenous population. Because they often don’t have a non-indigenous alternative either. So very racist!!!

Come to think of it, isn’t using the term ‘girls’ ageist too? Why isn’t there a publication called “women are important”?

emd 9:48 am 31 Jul 11

Ben_Dover said :

Oh god… Beam me up Scotty….

If true this shows a clear sexist bias against boys, and no amount of femniazi whining will change that.

You misspelled feminazi.

Ben_Dover 9:06 am 31 Jul 11

emd said :

And if anyone wants to have a general rant about women, perhaps they should first go read the latest UN Women report, Progress of the World’s Women: In Pursuit of Justice.

Oh god… Beam me up Scotty….

If true this shows a clear sexist bias against boys, and no amount of femniazi whining will change that.

emd 11:42 pm 30 Jul 11

I don’t know of any book of this title, it could just be a transcript of the Commissioner’s speech given on International Women’s Day a few months ago which had the same title. Not news. But if there is a book, please post a link so I can go read it.

And if anyone wants to have a general rant about women, perhaps they should first go read the latest UN Women report, Progress of the World’s Women: In Pursuit of Justice.

p1 10:19 pm 30 Jul 11

eh_steve said :

……My Queen, female.

Well, that’s a relief!

eh_steve 7:07 pm 30 Jul 11

My bosses at work, females, My Chief Minister, female, my Prime Minister, female, My Governor General, female (despite having a guy’s name), My Queen, female.

dungfungus 5:50 pm 30 Jul 11

I completely misread the headline “Is the Children and Young People Commissioner sexist?”
Silly me, I thought it read “Does a Children and Young People Commissioner exist?
Then again, my interpretation makes more sense doesn’t it?
This country has gone crazy; soon we will have a “Home for Homeless Homing Pigeons”

The Frots 3:12 pm 30 Jul 11

Equality seems to be balanced at the female side (sighing to myself now knowing the wrath I will cop for this).

But for many years, the females were the forgotten species – now, the balance has tipped a bit too much and the males are starting to be forgotten. Somewhere in the middle is a good thing. As a start, these departments should stop printing ‘female’ or ‘male’ only publications and balance the scales a bit more.

And for God’s sake, they are children!

gooterz 2:58 pm 30 Jul 11

At least they got rid of the sexist violence against women Ads.
Then there is the womans hospital.

In primary school the following will apply:

Boys will be boys

and

Girls are fragile

kevn 2:18 pm 30 Jul 11

zippyzippy said :

You don’t achieve equality by treating everyone exactly the same.

Sure, but generally speaking, boys are considered to have the harder time at school, aren’t they?

zippyzippy 1:20 pm 30 Jul 11

You don’t achieve equality by treating everyone exactly the same. Because people (or sexes or races or whatever) are in different circumstances.

Eg if you had a rule that said ‘anyone who wants to be a police officer must be 5″10’, you’d probably be discriminating against women (and possibly some races), even though it’s an ‘equal’ rule.

Anyway, I don’t think you can say the commissioner is sexist just because he’s made a publication to try and assist girls ( who – as hopefully everyone recognizes – still grow up in a world where they are subject to a bunch of inequalities).

And If the human rights commission has a publication about opportunities for indigineous people, or refugees, and not one for white Aussies, I don’t think that means it’s racist.

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