Apparently some woman wishes to change ‘Father’s Day’ to ‘Special Person’s Day’ so kids without fathers won’t feel left out.
Crikey! As they say down-under. This chick may have lost her mind and the funny thing is that she is a ‘doctor’.
Her name is Dr. Red Ruby Scarlet (really) and she is an early childhood activist and university academic. The doctor, along with other campaigners, are pushing for this name change.
People have labeled her proposal ‘offensive’ though.
Dr. Scarlet simply denied that this had anything to do with political correctness gone awry during an interview on Australia’s Today Tonight
She told host Rosanna Mangiarelli, “If we think about children’s rights and how they get to participate in a community and feel a sense of belonging, sometimes shifting the language around those emotive and important days can be significant and more inclusive than the current way we describe them.
There is a whole range of different family structures. We have single parent families, satellite families, extended families, lesbian and gay families.”
The movement has been well received by many schools, unfortunately, and families without fathers are all adopting the idea.
Thankfully not everyone is as dense though…
Dr Scarlet added, “There’s a lot of Australian research that has actually informed a lot of international research that has demonstrated children’s capacity to be really inclusive once they know about these ideas and they think, ‘Wow, why are people seeing this as a controversy?
Why are we calling this political correctness when it is in fact about our rights?
There has been a backlash but the backlash hasn’t necessarily come from families in those communities, it’s people outside those particular contexts.”
New South Wales Liberal minister David Elliott is a harsh critic of her campaign. He said on Facebook, “Can’t believe that someone who professes to be ‘enlightened’ would advocate such crap.
People still celebrate fatherhood even after their father and grandfathers have passed away, in fact for many people Father’s Day is a wonderful time of reflecting and remembering.
Dr Red Ruby Scarlet — you are the offensive one. Maybe we should start a campaign to address that.”
It’s interesting how this woman is specifically targeting ‘Father’s Day’ and not ‘Mother’s Day’ also. Wouldn’t you agree?