Monday 29 May 2017

Ian O'Doherty: Kids might lose an eye? Sure, they have two anyway

Can't make head nor tail of it: The idea of the rambunctious little boy has fallen out of favour in our safety-obsessed society
Can't make head nor tail of it: The idea of the rambunctious little boy has fallen out of favour in our safety-obsessed society

We – and by 'we' I don't mean Ireland, but Western society in general – have become something of a risk-averse place.

Let's face it, the feminisation of our culture has become so prevalent that anything that involves even the tiniest sliver of potential danger is now seen as some aberration that shouldn't be tolerated.

In fact, we now exist in a weird dichotomy where people aren't allowed to do anything remotely potentially injurious to their health while at the same time, some alarmists say that our sedentary lifestyle sees the rise of the first ever generation to have a shorter life span than their parents.

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