Over the past week several topical news issues have been really getting my goat, raising my hackles and ruffling my feathers. Usually these issues concern pitting mothers against each other or involve Tony Abbott. Neither are conducive to good health.
Sometimes these issues result in the spouting off of annoying sayings. What type of sayings you ask? Allow me to clarify:
“It’s political correctness gone mad”
It can be very difficult to differentiate between edgy and offensive humour but every now and then something distasteful occurs and, when people dare question it, out comes the “political correctness gone mad” brigade (the Hey Hey “Blackface” incident springs to mind). I suspect the same thing was possibly said when women began questioning their right to vote.
What is Australian? We’re not a particularly old country and by the year 2000 almost two in seven people were born overseas. Our country has positively thrived from Vietnamese, Italian, Greek, Turkish and Chinese immigration, to name a small few. Heck, if it weren’t for the Italians we’d still be buying olive oil from the chemist.
So does Australian mean blonde-hair? Is it walking around saying “no worries”? Maybe it’s draping an Australian flag around yourself and hassling anyone who looks “un-australian”? I’m confused. Either way it pays to remember Australia has no state religion so try not to get upset at your local kindergarten if one year they choose to make everybody feel welcome by omitting Christ from the proceedings.
“I’m not racist but”
I can guarantee the words following this line will be racist on 99.9% of occasions.
“If you’re just going to dump your children in childcare, why have them in the first place”
When did parenting become a competitive sport? If you are happy to stay home that’s wonderful but is what somebody else chooses to do really any of your business? If you’re certain that we’re raising a generation of little Charlie Mansons then do something productive like lobby the government for a more progressive parental leave system that includes that other parent we don’t hear much about. You know the male one? Pretty sure they’re called Fathers.
What saying irritates you?