Whilst waiting for a friend to finish treatment at the local Hospital I picked up a copy of Mature Times and read your comment page and found myself in full agreement. I was raised not to judge anyone based on skin colour, sexual preference or any other negative but to get to know them first then if I did not like them I had a real reason for that feeling.
I have what I consider to be a healthy sense of humour and being gay I am not offended by fun being poked at this, if something is funny it is funny, there is a huge difference between humour and hate.
I have seen transgender people laugh out loud at drag queens, I have seen black and Asian people laugh out loud at jokes about their communities from “outsiders” to their communities, maybe it is observational humour that breaks down the barriers that society has built around us, but like music, humour is a great leveller and bringer together of people whatever their background happens to be.
Yes the adverts from the past that portrayed women as nothing more than trinkets and play things for men was very wrong, but to alter things like man sized tissues and introduce pregnant people instead of mothers to be is taking things really one step further than is healthy. There will always be those who bang the drum but usually these people do not live in the real world, they live in a cocoon and whilst some of their intentions are good they need to look at themselves in the mirror and learn to lighten up from time to time.
Michael Shaw, Derby