No no mate none of that – don’t be silly. It’s obviously the fact that women in Australia can’t cross the road without being advised by traffic lights in general. Previously, for years now, they’ve been restricted to the pavements, gazing wistfully at the men who cross to the other side, hoping that one day that freedom would belong to them. And now, hurrah, it does!
There's even a little lady on the new instructions for pedestrians @7NewsMelbourne pic.twitter.com/2GWU7flUCA— Jodi Lee (@jodilee_7) 6 March 2017
An Australian lobby group called ‘Committee for Melbourne’ has introduced traffic lights which depict women (green lights in dresses) instead of men (green lights in trousers) at stop signs in Melbourne. No that’s not actually a joke, that part.
CEO Martine Letts said: “There was unconscious bias built into our brains because we are accustomed to seeing a male figure. If we see more female figures on traffic lights that might also have a positive impact on changing the way we view the world.”
#Equalcrossings traffic lights up and running at the Flinders/Swanston St intersection @Equalcrossings1 pic.twitter.com/bNOdvhO3Im— Committee for Melb (@Committee4Melb) 7 March 2017
Look, I’m not saying that it’s not a nice idea. But it’s hardly priority is it. In Australia – in Germaine Greer’s home city, ironically – where anti-feminist groups are massively popular and Julia Gillard was forced to call out Tony Abbott’s misogyny in Parliament, it’s hard to believe that this was thought of as groundbreaking.
Understandably, women on Twitter are having a whale of a time pointing out how ridiculous it is. So there’s that, at least.
this is white feminism. wasting time on a traffic light instead of the fact that millions of people are going to lose their healthcare https://t.co/ogdoKSWYWe— #1 kimberly hater (@apunkgrl) 18 March 2017
this is trivialising equality, why can't we just have the same pay & the right to an abortion?? WE DIDN'T ASK FOR A FUKIN TRAFFIC LIGHT https://t.co/ndTGO4D8e6— lucy (@lossayyy) 20 March 2017
literally who the fuck was worried about lack of representation in a goddamn traffic light signal https://t.co/XeQZR7cRdH— ברכה (@tonyyuana) 18 March 2017
Edited by AA