So says Virgin Australia. Apparently, the airline has a policy which states that men are not to be seated next to minors for the safety of the children. Because, you know, all men are paedophiles. [That last statement of mine was sarcastic in case you didn’t get it]
How much more ridiculous can this world get? They have the gall to state that their priority is the children’s safety when there is a blanket assumption being made that all men are paedophiles. As the linked article says, it is sexist and discriminatory. Just as women don’t like being put in a box and objectified, it’s equally unfair to think all men are potential paedophiles. Just because there are a few men out there who are, doesn’t mean all men are paedophiles. By that logic, given that most serial killers statistically are male, then shouldn’t Virgin Australia also not let men sit next to anyone because they could potentially choose their next victim on the plane?! Also, let’s face it. There are women who are paedophiles out there too. True, they may be fewer in number but it doesn’t mean they don’t exist. So how can Virgin Australia confidently say that seating a woman next to a kid isn’t a risk?
It’s unfortunate we live in a world where a single dad with his child is judged negatively and watched like a hawk. Or one where a male teacher has to be extra careful when with female students. Just because of their gender. But when you have organisations having policies such as the one Virgin Australia does, it is certainly taking things too far. I reckon the man mentioned in the news story could sue the airline if he wanted to for defamation or discrimination.
I thought we lived in a world where everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Why then, are we quick to assume that every man must be a paedophile or become one if he is seated next to a kid? What are we teaching kids? That they must fear every man who is not their father? That no men should be trusted?
There is a healthy fear and need to be vigilant. And then there are unhealthy fears.
This is one of them.
Until next time,