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Female pedestrian light is just virtue signalling. Literally.

Female pedestrian light is just virtue signalling. Literally.

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Genius, really, because lights showing a female in a dress doesn’t affirm gender stereotypes whatsoever.

Victoria, the politically correct crusader, has struck again! Recently unveiled on International Women’s day, Australia’s first female pedestrian light is set to replace the typical instalment of physical patriarchy, presiding over a brand new crossing in Richmond. Genius, really, because lights showing a female in a dress doesn’t affirm gender stereotypes whatsoever. And I’m sure everybody agrees that the standard symbol couldn’t possibly be a woman wearing pants, right? Hmm…

Now I know what you’re going to say: “But wait! The light was introduced to represent Cr Mary Rogers!”. Yes, it’s true: the light is in commemoration of Victoria’s first female Councillor, and the silhouette is therefore justified. However, I have a feeling this is just the beginning: Yarra council has hinted at more to come, with Mayor Colanzi saying he’d like to see more female traffic lights in the near future. The move follows Germany’s lead, where publically signified female traffic lights (figures in dresses) have been commonplace for a while now, all in the name of gender equality and equal representation. Don’t get me wrong, equal representation is a marvellous cause, and gender equality is a vital part of basic human respect. But does presenting stereotypical archetypes of genders really fit the bill? Victoria’s beloved Safe Schools initiative espouses the disconnection of sex and gender, so why should the appearance of any traffic figure denote who it is anyway?

Rogers is likely going to do a great job. Let’s just hope for the sake of common sense that the newest addition to our streets after Mary is a figure who could be anyone, with no attributes to identify them as belonging to any group at all. Wait, that sounds oddly familiar…

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