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According to ITV, "crossing light symbols depicting women instead of men have been introduced in Melbourne, Australia with campaigners calling it progress for equality."
The CEO of Committee for Melbourne, Martine Letts, said:
"There was unconscious bias built into our brains because we are accustomed to seeing a male figure. If we see more female figures on traffic lights that might also have a positive impact on changing the way we view the world."
Setting aside the disgustingly regressive ideas featured in these new crossing symbols regarding the roles associated with men and women, a more troubling thought emerges. If these new symbols are supposed to represent equality, why are they different at all?
Crossing signs featuring differentiation between the sexes implies men and women are categorically different; it also implies that a person must be either male or female. Someone who respects the fluidity of sexuality and gender would never advocate something so exclusionary.