There is a news article today that genuinely made me sit up with a start and wonder about men's role in modern society.
I've attached the article, but as a brief it is a travel story about a Sydney fireman being asked to move seats when an air stewardess noticed that he was sitting next to two unaccompanied minors. Instead, he was swapped with a female passenger due to standing airline policy. Incredible that this man who by all accounts has led an exemplary life and has not been a threat to anyone should be humiliated in front of a packed airline for being, well, a man.
So the message from corporarte Australia is undoubtedly that as you are a man, then statistically you must be a threat to others?
This has made me think about what it means to be a man in today's society? Also if society is increasingly heading down the risk management path then what does it mean for the teaching profession, pediatrics, coaching and other such professions where men work with 'unaccompanied minors'.
Now I am a father and would be appalled if my kids were subjected to a situation where a man posing no threat to them was arbitrarily moved; the message here to the kids is that a man should be feared. Doesn't this then diminish all male role models in their eyes?
Ultimately we life in a modern society that favours homogeneity over overt displays of gender and also a litigious society that is fed stories about male stranger danger. No wonder males are confused ...
Then again, being a white anglo male, maybe it is karma that all this discrimination we have dished out over the millenium should now start to come back our way.
Interesting times ...