It would appear from this article that the supermarket Sainsbury is now involved in a gender-shaming row as the supermarket investigates allegations that a cashier asked a boy why he had chosen a chocolate snack in pink wrapping rather than blue.
What we have here is either:
- someone seeking their ’15 minutes of fame’; or,
- someone seeking ‘compo’ for an alleged slight; or,
- someone who has no idea of how to be a parent; or,
- someone with no brain whatsoever.
We now have the producer of the chocolate snack, together with the supermarket, ‘covering their backs’ with a view to ensuring they do not become embroiled in a lengthy court case which may involve mega sums of money in legal fees and costs.
Just what sort of society have we allowed politicians to create; aided and abetted by fake charities and pressure groups all of whom are attempting to get a ‘slice of the action’, be that formulating law, formulating society for their own ends, or whatever other reasons.
When I were a lad such a comment would have been ‘laughed off’ by my parents, maybe encapsulating a tad of repartee. No-one would have considered they had been embarrassed or slighted; the entire incident would have been considered no more than ‘conversational banter’.
It amazes me that ‘industries’ have evolved to involve themselves in what are perceived, by them, to be defects in society that need correction; thus increasing the drain on the public purse. Another example of what is perceived to be a societal defect is that of ‘bullying’.
When I was at boarding school in the 50s I was ‘bullied’, also I was expected to ‘run around’ doing errands for older boys, cleaning shoes for example – then currently known as ‘fagging’ (the modern connotation had not then been invented). Invariably, in the ensuing encounter following my refusal to comply, I ‘came off worse’, but the bullying soon ceased as both the bully and the ‘fagger’ discovered the first thing they got was a ‘bloody nose’.
When ‘society’ negates the basic principle of ‘standing up for oneself’ then society is doomed to become no more than robotic fodder of those over whom they have no control. Do not politicians ‘bully’ the people by passing laws that dictate we must comply or suffer penalties? How about we inform them that they change their ways or none of them get our votes? What political party would dare attempt to form a government on a turnout of 20% of the electorate? That would, indeed, be a ‘bloody nose’!
The fact we are in the parlous societal state we are can be laid at the door of our educational system over the ages, the ‘fake charities’ and ‘do-gooders’ who have secured the ears of our politicians – and our own apathy as to what has been happening ‘under our noses’. In respect of the last point, is it any wonder our society and nation have both sunk to the nadir they have?
To our politicians, fake charities and do-gooders I can but repeat what I believe is a Swedish proverb: sweep first before your own door, before you sweep the doorsteps of your neighbours – in other words, put your own house in order first, before you try and reorganize ours.