Sunday, December 04, 2005

Norm Hewitt has a dream

Reformed Thug turned Lap Dancer Norm Hewitt has put the Air New Zealand man v. child seating controversy into the proper context it deserves.

According to big Norm the 'discrimination' men face on airlines is just like that of Black Americans in the 1950s and 60s. Mark Worsley, New Zealand's Rosa Parks apparently.

Before the wails of protest from the 'PC brigade' begin just remember that for centuries New Zealand men have been treated as second class citizens.

After male slavery was abolished nearly 100 years ago, sexual discrimination became regulated by 'Jim Crow' laws, which allowed strict segregation of the sexes under the premise of 'separate but equal'.

Males and Females were forced to use separate schools, theaters, public toilets, bus, airplane and restaurant seating. In some locales, such as Dargaville, it was forbidden for stores or restaurants to serve different genders under the same roof.

Through the use of "Miscegenation" laws men and women were often prevented from legally marrying to prevent 'gender-mixing' - many of these laws still remain in place today. Even now in the 21st Century men often have trouble enrolling to vote due to female officals requiring the often poorly educated men to pass a literacy test before their enrolment is accepted. Due to this and other unsavoury tactics, in some parts of the country the percentage of eligible men enrolled to vote is less than 10%.

The time has come for this discrimination to end, as a NZ male I'm glad our own Martin Luther King Jr. - Norm Hewitt has the courage to stand up and fight to end this injustice once and for all.

3 comments:

Dean Knight said...

while I share concerns about Qantas' approach, I wonder whether it's best to see this as a "PC" issue. Surely, the main thread of political correctness is anti-discrimination (typically, against women and minorities like gays and Maori etc).

Do we take the comments from Norm Hewitt and others opposing discrimination against men as an acceptance of the values underlying political correctness?!?!

llew said...

To compare that Worsley guy with Rosa Parks is drawing a pretty long bow. It's not like Mr Weasely gets asked to sit elsewhere every time he flies (or does it?), and he was asked to move one seat forward. big deal.

The policy is not discriminating against men, it's discriminating toward children.

And I consider it far too "politically correct" that now an airline cannot take simple steps to safeguard children entrusted to their care, for fear of offending some man.

Why was Mr Whinely so keen to sit next to the child anyway?

Lyndon said...

I only just noticed this - nicely done.