“If our urge to stay away from kids is constantly enabled, does our society become even more child unfriendly than it is?”

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  1. Thanks for the recognish, Editors.

    I’ve long had these thoughts about our societal tendency to indulge in segregation by age, so thanks for the forum. We need to discuss this issue, methinks – not just in regard to children, but the elderly as well.

  2. wellokaythen says:

    If we’re looking to eliminate barriers between some age groups and the rest of society, for example between children and adults, then let’s get rid of all the separate age standards, even ones that benefit those groups.

    For example, let’s say age discrimination is just inherently wrong, so any economic discrimination on the basis of age is also wrong.

    Okay, then that means no more discounts for children. No more separate kids menu with lower prices than the adults’ menu. No lower admission prices to movies or theme parks, everyone pays the same. No airline ticket discounts for babies or children.

    Don’t like age segregation of children? Then everyone pays the same admission price, orders from the same menu, and has to follow the same rules of conduct. All screaming and running around the restaurant will be treated the same way regardless of age. Which means no more distinction between juvenile and adult law enforcement either. Which means a pilot can ground a plane for an out of control child as easily as for an out of control adult.

    That means no more special “just a child” considerations. Are most parents really ready to give up those parts of age discrimination? Most people would consider those special distinctions quite valid. Imagine if you tried to do away with these forms of age-based discrimination – you’d be accused of age-ism there as well. Easy to cry discrimination when it works against your interests, but less likely when it’s in your favor.

    So, really, we’re talking about accepting some forms of age discrimination but not others. So, how do we choose which ones to keep and which ones to lose?

  3. wellokaythen says:

    P.S. Also, no more tax breaks for having dependents. That’s essentially a tax penalty for not having children.

  4. I encourage all parents to express outrage at this policy. I would like to see parents organize a boycott of AirAsia. Parents, don’t buy tickets on for that airline, and refuse to fly with your children on that airline. Spread the news far and wide that AirAsia discourages children from flying.

    That way, demand for their tickets will drop, decreasing their ticket prices for those of us who want to fly without children. Staging a boycott will help guarantee even fewer children on their flights. Outraged parents get to feel righteous indignation, I get cheaper, childfree travel, a total win-win all around. Yay, supply and demand!

    Let all the airlines know that if they set up childfree flights they will lose child customers. Spread the word about airlines who are creating childfree flights. These are the companies I want to support….

  5. Can you be a child hater and still be a Good Man?

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