An Australian activist has sparked criticism for suggesting Father’s Day is renamed ‘Special Person’s Day’ instead.
Dr Red Ruby Scarlet, who has a doctorate in early childhood studies, argues that doing so would help children without fathers feel included during the annual event.
Appearing on Today Tonight, the academic didn’t say whether she thinks Mother’s Day should also be changed, saying that the move would benefit families that have a less-traditional structure.
— TodayTonightAdelaide (@TodayTonightSA) August 23, 2017
“There are children who have a dad, who also have a grandfather and also have an auntie and also have other kinds of relatives,” she said.
“There are also a huge range of different family structures, so we have single parent families, satellite families, extended families, lesbian and gay families.”
Her opinions have resulted in a backlash on social media, with men and women branding the idea “sexist” and “offensive”.
Now ppl want to remove Columbus statues & rename Father's Day, Special Person's day. Guess I better make a list of what hurts my feelings
— Sheryl Bennett (@Sheryl_Bennett) August 26, 2017
OMG what next. Now they want to change Father's Day to Special Person's Day. Don't these people have anything better to do. Ridiculous
— Lyn Childs (@lyn_) August 23, 2017
“World is gone mad,” one person tweeted. “Really!”
“Fair enough,” wrote another. “My daughter’s mother passed away shortly after birth. Can we change Mothers Day to ‘Special Person’s Day’ too?”
Apparently the PC brigade now want to rename Father's Day to Special Person's Day. Seems a bit of a sexist view.
— Mark Vale (@UnifiedVale) August 27, 2017
These clowns r pushing 2 rename Father’s Day 'Special Person’s Day', as not 2 'offend' some kids.As a dad, THIS offends me. #snowflake ❄️❄️
— Bhavdip (@bhavdip143) August 24, 2017
When asked why she believes social justice is important for young children, Dr Scarlet responded: “There’s a lot of Australian research that has actually informed a lot of international research.
“Teacher research for example, 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 in fact it’s about our rights.”
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