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News Reports 2 : Dec 1-3 2005

The Timaru Herald
December 2 2005

Anti-men Policy
Letter to the Editor
by Neil Mackintosh Cave

Feminism takes to the air with the support of Air New Zealand and Qantas and their anti- men policy (November 30).

Airline officials imagine that unaccompanied children will be protected from sex offenders by relocating all men. It is interesting to discover the accepted wisdom that all men are potential sex offenders and particularly child molesters, while all women are iconic guardians of morality.

This wisdom is on the dark side of the moon as far as the real world is concerned.

Feminists are, generally, the antithesis of femininity. Hearty moustached thigh slapping dykes are not altogether fictional beings. Such people are harmless enough when their energies are channelled into mud wrestling, weight lifting or dwarf throwing.

Give them a hint of authority over the hated male, however, and its "time gentlemen please".