Melbourne Tries Female Crosswalks To "Reduce Bias"

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Next up in the endless and pointless politicization of everything- female crosswalks. Yes, you read that correctly.

As part of an initiative to "reduce unconscious bias," an Australian lobby group has secured a 12 month trial of crosswalk lights featuring female figures in the center of Melbourne.

Though the initiative reportedly comes at no cost to the taxpayers and appears to hurt nobody, it still begs the question- why? Who is this helping? According to Martine Letts, Chief Executive of the Committee of Melbourne, “The idea is to install traffic lights with female representation, as well as male representation, to help reduce unconscious bias...We know that Melbourne is the world’s most liveable city and we would really like to see Melbourne also known as the world’s most equal city.”

Unsurprisingly, not everyone feels the same way as Letts. Many people view this new roll out of female figures as merely lip service towards gender equality, including the lord mayor of Melbourne, Robert Doyle.

 “I’m all for doing anything we can for gender equity, but really?” says Doyle. “Unfortunately, I think this sort of costly exercise is more likely to bring derision.” And that seems to be exactly what's happening.

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