Activist pushes to rename 'Father's Day' to 'Special Person's Day'

omg 25/08/2017

An Australian childhood activist is pushing for the name change on 'Father's Day' to become 'Special Person's Day' so kids without dads are not left out.

Dr Red Ruby Scarlet, an activist with a doctorate in early childhood studies, says shifting the language around "emotive and important days" can allow kids from different family backgrounds feel more inclusive.

"We have single parent families, satellite families, extended families, lesbian and gay families... There's a range of different communities across Australia," she said in a TV interview with Today Tonight.

"There's a lot of Australian research that has actually informed a lot of international research ... that has demonstrated children's capacity to be really inclusive once they know about these ideas and they think, 'Wow, why are people seeing this as a controversy?"

"Why are we calling this political correctness when in fact it's about our rights?"

The idea however has received backlash from a number of people, including one liberal minister in New South Wales who said that changes will only inflame radicals.

“Can't believe that someone who professes to be 'enlightened' would advocate such crap,” he wrote. “People still celebrate fatherhood even after their father and grandfathers have passed away, in fact for many people Father's Day is a wonderful time of reflecting and remembering.”