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No men near children

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,

Cheers!!!

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  • Ash
    August 10, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Very unfair of this airline to set up such warped regulations.

    • Psych Babbler
      August 14, 2012 at 6:41 am

      I agree Ash. Also just found out that Qantas have a similar policy. What is wrong with people? Do they really think paedophiles are going to take a risk and groom a child next to them for few hours? They take years to groom a kid!

  • Ash
    August 10, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Very unfair of this airline to set up such warped regulations.

    • Psych Babbler
      August 14, 2012 at 6:41 am

      I agree Ash. Also just found out that Qantas have a similar policy. What is wrong with people? Do they really think paedophiles are going to take a risk and groom a child next to them for few hours? They take years to groom a kid!

  • memoriesandmirages
    August 10, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    omg, seriously? how much more screwed up can this get? im not sure what to say…this is just not right, how can they make a policy like this?

    • Psych Babbler
      August 14, 2012 at 6:42 am

      Tell me about it! I found out that Qantas also has a similar policy. I’m sure it’s against the anti-discrimination act and they can’t be allowed to have such policies.

  • memoriesandmirages
    August 10, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    omg, seriously? how much more screwed up can this get? im not sure what to say…this is just not right, how can they make a policy like this?

    • Psych Babbler
      August 14, 2012 at 6:42 am

      Tell me about it! I found out that Qantas also has a similar policy. I’m sure it’s against the anti-discrimination act and they can’t be allowed to have such policies.

  • Scribby
    August 11, 2012 at 6:50 am

    It’s like one bad apple spoils the basket, so one bad news about a man,spoils the image of others in the lot 🙁

    • Psych Babbler
      August 14, 2012 at 6:43 am

      I agree. But they still can’t go about making policies like this. There are anti-discrimination laws. We could take it to the nth degree and start suggesting policies about where babies should be seated or overweight people or single women…you get my drift. All ridiculous ones…

  • Scribby
    August 11, 2012 at 6:50 am

    It’s like one bad apple spoils the basket, so one bad news about a man,spoils the image of others in the lot 🙁

    • Psych Babbler
      August 14, 2012 at 6:43 am

      I agree. But they still can’t go about making policies like this. There are anti-discrimination laws. We could take it to the nth degree and start suggesting policies about where babies should be seated or overweight people or single women…you get my drift. All ridiculous ones…

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