A few years ago, I was out on the turps with a group of expats when one of the Kiwi guys launched into a tirade bemoaning how Politically Correct New Zealand has become. The rant went on and on until one of the Americans in the group slammed down his beer and stated that New Zealanders' obsessive anger over political correctness was actually far more obnoxious and annoying than political correctness itself could possibly be.
And the American was right. 'Political Correctness' is nothing more than a safe term to justify any bigotry, sexism, or in fact any aspect of society that the speaker doesn't like but isn't intelligent enough to come up with a reason. Usually these idiots spend there time agreeing with each other on talkback or the blogsphere but occasionally they get front page billing if they happen to be a former All Black captain and coach.
Because reading through Brian Lahore's comments that political correctness is apparently the force that destroyed the golden age when men where 'men,' women were in the kitchen, and any child who stepped out of line could be hit by any of your mates (and yes hitting and smack are one and the same Brian) if they weren't happy to spend their nights sleeping in a car while you got pissed at the rugby club ticks all the boxes of lazy intellectualism that usually doesn't merit much coverage. But I forgot. This great man coached the All Blacks 20 Years ago and captained them 40 years ago so of course he's the ideal person to give expert opinion about the challenges of modern fatherhood on the frontpage of our largest daily.
And boy does he seem to have some opinions. Apparently our society is being destroyed because we don't respect each other. But Brian you seem to have trouble with what respect actually is and more importantly how to get it. Because unlike the old days, respect isn't something that is immediately bestowed on you because you happen to be male, old, a father, a teacher. Using violence and intimidation isn't a way to gain respect either, it is a way to elicit fear from victims which I suppose for the people who talk about 'PC madness' is one and the same thing. But for some people real respect is something that is earned through excelling in your role whether that be as a parent, teacher, coach, older sister and also treating others well.
But of course the article that talks about initiatives to help men become better fathers is relegated to page 3 because those hard manly men wouldn't want to 'risk' being mistaken as 'male mothers.'