A short back’n’sides it is, then

Caption: Sam Rahim is yet another soft target being dragged through the “Human Rights” oppression-grinder. Picture: 9NEWS

If I needed my dog treated, I?d go to a vet, not a GP. If I needed a new suit, I?d go to a tailor, not a dressmaker. If I had a broken leg, I wouldn?t go to a gynaecologist.

Many services are demarcated, based on the particular skill sets required, some of them specific to different sexes. So, if a woman wanted a women?s hairstyle, she wouldn?t go to a barber.

Unless, of course, she was a lawyer looking for an ambulance to chase. Quote:

A Sydney barber says he?s devastated after being taken to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission for not cutting a young girl?s hair.

Sam Rahim runs a barber shop in Hunters Hill Village on Sydney?s North Shore, where he exclusively cuts men?s hair.

Just before Christmas, a woman, a lawyer, walked into his shop asking him to cut her daughter?s hair.?End of quote.

The U.S. has seen a rash of similar incidents, where activists looking to make trouble target small businesses seemingly for no other reason than?to instigate bullying lawsuits. Quote:

?I refused politely,? he said.

?I explained I?m not qualified to cut women’s or girls? hair. I?ve never done it.

?But she kept pressing me, saying I should just do it. I told her there are three women?s hair salons within a minute?s walk but she became angry and stormed out.?End of quote.

It?s a common trait of these trouble-makers that neither a polite refusal or a direction to more appropriate services nearby will satisfy these bullies? hunger to be ?offended?. Quote:

Mr Rahim says the woman then took her complaint to the HREOC ? claiming he breached anti-discrimination laws and embarrassed her daughter.?End of quote.

Well, the obvious solution would have been a good, old-fashioned short back?n?sides with the number 4 clippers. Then let the mother deal with the embarrassment she had brought on her daughter.Quote:

Mr Rahim has had to hire a lawyer and with a wife and baby to support, he’s now concerned what impact the case will have on his livelihood.?End of quote.

If the past form of the HREOC is anything to go by, Mr Rahim can expect to be subjected to a gruelling kangaroo court where the process is as often as not the punishment. The ?QUT Five? endured years of harrassment and thousands of dollars out of pocket defending a case brought to the HREOC, which a Federal Court judge ultimately dismissed as ?completely hopeless?.

Once again, the tactic is to target the low-hanging fruit of a small business without the resources or the fortitude to fight back.?Quote:

?I haven?t been able to sleep. My wife hasn?t been able to sleep. I don?t understand why someone would do something like this,? Mr Rahim said.?End of quote.

Rahim is backed (in spirit, at least,) by the Australian Hairdressing Council?s Sandy Chong, who said:Quote:

there are different techniques used when cutting men?s and women?s hair??Someone like Mr Rahim – (after) cutting only men?s hair for so many years – probably has more skills than many of the teachers of the course. I understand why he wouldn?t be comfortable cutting women?s hair.??End of quote.

One can?t help but wonder if this lawyer mother is prepared to similarly sue, say, the women-only Fernwood gyms.