Political correctness isn’t just an issue people deal with in the United States.
In Australia, there is a campaign to rename “Father’s Day,” and the head-turning idea is gaining a lot of support.
The move to rename the iconic day is being spearheaded by Red Ruby Scarlet, who has a Ph.D. in early childhood studies.
Scarlet thinks “Father’s Day” is unfair for kids who don’t have dads. What does she want to do about it? Change the name of the holiday to “Special Persons’ Day.”
During an interview with Adelaide’s “Today Tonight” TV news show, Scarlet was asked if “Special Persons’ Day” was just for children without dads.
“There are children who have a dad, who also have a grandfather, and also have an auntie and also have other kinds of relatives.
There are also a huge range of different family structures. So we have single-parent families, satellite families, extended families, lesbian and gay families.”
According to “Today Tonight,” the support for Scarlet’s idea is growing in Australia, having been implemented in some schools in the country.
Scarlet doesn’t agree that it’s political correctness, either. “Why are we calling this political correctness when in fact it’s about our rights?” she said.
She claims there is a lot of research to back up her claims and that it shouldn’t be labeled as something controversial.
“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?’”
Further, Scarlet’s politically correct campaign in the name of not offending others will still undoubtedly offend a lot of families.
Scarlet doesn’t appear to have a campaign that wants to rename “Mother’s Day,” though. So much for ‘equality and fairness.’
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