Monday 20 May 2024
 13.3°C   ESE Light Breeze
Ocean Kinetics - The Engineering Experts

Letters / Leave Up Helly Aa as it is

I have been reading with a lot of interest the current debate surrounding the Lerwick Up Helly Aa.

As a woman who has never felt that her gender was a disadvantage to anything, who works in a predominantly male industry – agriculture – I am disgusted at the sexism and bias that is being displayed regarding this issue.

If a group of women decided to run a women’s only event (as they do in many guises women in business/agriculture/Crofting/engineering) no one bats an eyelid.

Yet if men want to do this, they are sexist, patriarchal and discriminating.

I for one am offended by the supposed need for women only events but that is the choice of the women who choose to take part in them. So why can’t men have Up Helly Aa?

I tell you why; because we live in an age where everyone feels they have a right to remove the rights of others. If the organisers of Up Helly Aa choose to stick with tradition, then fantastic and well done them. There are many women out there who support them.

Where are men’s rights these days? They are being diminished day by day.

I know plenty men who are afraid to even speak to someone in a social setting for fear of being seen as a predator. Or won’t stop to help a lone driver who has broken down with their vehicle for fear of attack.

Since when was it ok to make any human being feel this way? In this and many other areas the majority are being punished for the actions of the minority.

It’s time we all started acting like decent human beings and stopped creating division by shouting that your rights as a certain segment of society are of greater importance than the next person. We are all human. We all have the same human rights.

Let’s stop playing the victim by whichever card you hold and start standing up to create a fairer more accepting community.

If you aren’t happy with the way someone does something, then go do it better yourself. Don’t belittle them or destroy their efforts. There are no new ideas just new ways to execute them.

Leave Up Helly Aa as it is. If you don’t like how they do it – go, see what you can do yourself!

Karin McGivern


Subscribe to a selection of different newsletters from Shetland News, varying from breaking news delivered on the minute, to a weekly round-up of the opinion posts. All delivered straight to your inbox.

Daily Briefing Newsletter Weekly Highlights Newsletter Opinion Newsletter Life in Shetland Newsletter

JavaScript Required

We're sorry, but Shetland News isn't fully functional without JavaScript enabled.
Head over to the help page for instructions on how to enable JavaScript on your browser.

Your Privacy

We use cookies on our site to improve your experience.
By using our service, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy.

Browser is out-of-date

Shetland News isn't fully functional with this version of .
Head over to the help page for instructions on updating your browser for more security, improved speed and the best overall experience on this site.

Interested in Notifications?

Get notifications from Shetland News for important and breaking news.
You can unsubscribe at any time.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

We're committed to ensuring everyone has equitable access to impartial, open and quality local journalism that benefits all residents.

By supporting Shetland News, you play a vital role in ensuring we remain a pivotal resource in supporting the community.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.