It’s not that I disagree with the sentiment and I don’t even disagree that this takes place in school and I believe girls need this guidance as much as boys do.
What I will say is the next time someone says feminism is no longer needed or that we have reached equality between the sexes I will say if that were true then this story would not even be a talking point let alone make the newspaper.
AUSTRALIAN CHILDREN ARE NOW AMONG THE MOST ”COSSETED” AND ”CHAUFFEURED” IN THE WORLD, WITH A STUDY SHOWING MORE THAN 60 PER CENT ARE DRIVEN TO AND FROM SCHOOL AS THE NUMBERS WHO WALK, CYCLE AND TAKE PUBLIC TRANSPORT FALL TO NEW LOWS.
I absolutely believe this story. And this story is critical of the fact that we ferry our kids around. To be honest, I wish I could let me kids just go off to the park without me or get themselves off to school. (Okay we live a little too far from school) but to be honest I worry about people chastising me for not being careful with my children. I’m worried that people will accuse me of putting my kids in harm way. And I’m tired, I’m not sure I want to take on the battle. Because, touch wood, should something happen to my kids, I don’t think I’ll be met with support; I’ll be met with criticism for being irresponsible.
Remember what happened to Lenore Skenazy?
This rule was brought in because of “incidents of unsuitable physical interactions”. Is a no hugging policy the answer?
Is this a good idea? Will it ease childcare waiting lists? Will it make it easier for mothers to return to work? Do you think Tony Abbott genuinely cares about working mothers or is he just trying to win our vote?