Monday, 7 January 2013

Gender Balance for Street Names!

I would like to think that I was not the only person who read the article in Saturday's Daily Telegraph concerning the naming of streets in the Torfaen Council area of Wales and thought that this was another example of political correctness gone mad.

It appears that a Labour Councillor by the name of Jessica Powell has stated that, "women are under-represented in street names," and that there needs to be gender balancing when new streets are named. Apparently this is now to become official policy for Torfaen Council!

I feel confident, (I don't think), that the electorate of Torfaen must be sleeping much more soundly in their beds knowing that their Council has decided to adopt this so progressive policy. But wait! Have the councillors not forgotten something or rather some persons? What about those of the population who are intersex individuals, or of indeterminate gender, or those in the process of a gender change? Think how upset they will feel if they cannot see street names that reflect their definition of their gender. Maybe we need quotas and maybe these quotas should also take account of ethnic origin as well. After all we do have to be politically correct, - don't we?

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