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Re: Equality Issues
« Reply #60 on: Friday 06-Sep-2019, 06:43* »
So here’s a real life example that may or may not concern the “PC Gone Mad” brigade.

We were flying back to London yesterday and my 3 year old saw 3 airline crew standing by the door as we were leaving the plane. He pointed at the man and said “that’s the captain”.

My wife talked to him about it when we left the plane and said why did he think one of the women wasn’t the captain - and he was dead sure - only the man could be the captain/pilot.

Where does this come from? Not us for sure...But somewhere ingrained.

It made me think about the importance to f equal representation on TV and children’s books and that perhaps it all isn’t such a trivial matter after all.  Food for thought...

Equal representation is not a great idea, in my opinion. There could be many reasons for thinking the man is the pilot. Three year old kids might not be able to articulate very well that a captain has a different uniform, or that they only saw females serving drinks, or any other reason apart from gender.

A far bigger problem is automatically assuming it was gender, as opposed to appreciating that your son was right.



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