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  • Every Sunday in central Perth, this man passionately spoke on discrimination against men.

    Yes the three millennia-old patriarchal society is being challenged by Affirmative Action to empower women, to end discrimination. That is past due as we men have walked over women for too long. It is time. Yes, it is time to create space for more holistic thinking - for the right brained, softer, more accommodating gender. But.....

    Is it time we gave up talking about gender altogether?

    We are less likely today to use "Mrs" to not broadcast the marital status, so is it now time we gave up the whole bit about so-called "titles" like Mr, Ms (and as a red herring, Dr.)? What about no longer using gender-biased first names - ie. using first names that don't discriminate according to our sex? After all, there are people who straddle the boundary between the genders. Many people (if we are honest, even perhaps you and I?) are stressed to live up to our stereotype perceptions of what it is to be a "Man" or a "Woman".

    So should we delete the last two words on his board and just say...."End Discrimination"? Just be whatever we feel we are? Even replace those words with "Just Be"?

    I may be a man, but do I need a label, a name to affirm that gender? Aren't we simply a part of the continuous spectrum?

    Thank you Perth man for helping me reflect.
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