As news broke yesterday that Brimbank Council will be following the City of Melbourne’s lead by installing skirt-wearing traffic signals within its municipality, a Greensborough woman who prefers to wear pants to work instead of skirts or dresses has made the bold claim that such signage is openly discriminating against her. Bec Wallace’s claims are expected to throw a curve ball into many council’s attempts to score some cheap points in public sentiment, effectively putting plans for further amendments to traffic signals on the back burner.
Speaking exclusively to The Watsonia Bugle, Wallace told us, “I don’t want to cause any trouble, but what about us women who prefer to wear pants when we’re out and about being pedestrians? I work in the city, and where those trial signals are up on the corner of Swanston and Flinders Streets I often get confused about whether I’m allowed to cross in pants or not. More than once I’ve missed a whole green light cycle because I’ve been stuck staring at the walking green person in a skirt trying to decide if I can cross too.”
Meanwhile, Watsonia woman Karen Johnson is unimpressed by both sides of the argument. She told us, “Can you imagine walking into a Third World country and telling them how much time and money we spend on this kind of stuff? I’m not sure whether they’d be bemused or just openly horrified. Surely there are more worthy causes for the money that will be splashed on this. I’m all for gender equality, but couldn’t we spend this cash on initiatives that will actually make life easier for women in this country?”