WATERFORD woman Orna Shortt is widely known amongst her peer group for making the majority of decisions in her relationship with her boyfriend Niall Canney, however, since this is 2017 and we’re edging ever closer to becoming a more progressive, tolerant and equal society this really isn’t worthy of passing comment.
Shortt, once referred to as the person who ‘wears the trousers’ in her relationship with Canney, is not the source of any discussion amongst her friends, family, coworkers or acquaintances because we’re all trying not to do that so much anymore since perceived gender roles are becoming increasingly redundant ways of viewing people, behaviours and relationships.
“She probably does make the majority of the decisions in the relationship from what I’ve observed in my admittedly limited exposure to their decision making process, but if you’re looking for an additional commentary on the matter, I’m afraid you’ve come to the wrong guy,” confirmed the couple’s friend Alan Gurran, who wasn’t bursting at the seams trying to contain himself from saying anything.
Gurran added that he had no opinion on society’s perception of assertive, strong-willed and opinionated women as “having an opinion on something like that is how they catch you out, and that we’d want to think twice about using those adjectives in the first place”.
“Look, I don’t think it’s great, because that would be sexist of me, and I don’t think it’s not great either, stop trying to trick me into saying something you will latch onto and hound me over,” confirmed another one of the couple’s friend, Maria Shanley.
In recent years an open discourse on such occurrences could prompt many to point out that in the past, traditional gender roles ascribed to men and women could lead to some wry observations about how Canney has in some way been emasculated by having the quieter, more timid personality of the two. However, we’re just not going there, okay.