Some of you have likely experienced a sense of dismay over the rather inexplicable drive to wipe out gender roles and definitions in the United States of late, and we’ve covered more than a few examples here. But on the odd chance that it makes you feel any better, I would submit a report on the current state of affairs in Europe where they are simply leaving us in the dust. Sure, it’s probably not going to be all that shocking, particularly given the nature of some of these socialist leaning paradise destinations, but if nothing else it only goes to show that things could always be worse. Let’s start the tour! (From the WaPo. And I’ll probably add a bit of emphasis to move things along.)
In Berlin, for instance, fresh rules for billboard ads in a district of the liberal German capital read like a new constitution for a land without gender identity. Girls in pink “with dolls” are basically out, as are boys in blue playing “with technical toys.” In ads showing both adult women and men,females cannot be depicted as “hysterical,” “stupid” or “naive” alongside men presented as “technically skilled,” “strong” or “business savvy.”
Adult women — featured alone or otherwise — must not be shown “occupied in the household with pleasure.” And in one stipulation pounced upon by critics, the equal-opportunity board of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg — home to Checkpoint Charlie and remnants of the Berlin Wall — no longer wants to see images of women “smiling for no reason.”
Heavens to Betsy! We can’t have pictures of women smiling… for no reason.