Restaurateur I am definitely a feminist. I am married to a very strong woman and have two very independent grown-up daughters, and I would describe all three of them as feminists.
Because I have been surrounded by women all my life, I believe that men and women are equal, but I do think a man should hold the door open, or allow a lady to go first. Some might think it a bit old-fashioned, but it’s about respect and politeness, and if it is old-fashioned, so be it; it’s something I hope we never lose.
I do, however, have a problem with gender quotas in the workplace, or anywhere else for that matter. In my own experience, women are as good, if not better, than men at most tasks. Women may not be as physically strong as men, but that is becoming less and less important in the workplace. Mentally, I think women can be stronger than men. I believe men and women are different but equal, and the person with the best qualifications should always get the position or job.
I think quotas can cause resentment, and will almost never guarantee the best person gets the job. I believe women would prefer to make it on their merit and ability rather than because of their gender.
Of course, as in all walks of life, there are going to be the extremists and, yes, we have extreme feminists. Personally, I feel they don’t do the cause any favours and if anything, drive a wedge between the sexes. I think extreme feminism is making our society overly politically correct, where men are afraid to compliment a woman, or pass comment on how good she might look. Many women today, especially young women, think it’s a weakness to let a guy pay for dinner or buy them a drink. Call me old-fashioned, but I’m of the opinion that if a girl spent her money looking that good, the least I can do is buy her dinner. My wife, Martina, was a very successful model, and I’m sure a lot of feminists would have issues with that as a profession, but I don’t know anybody that I could describe more as a feminist than Martina. She is, in my opinion, a true feminist —she enjoys being a woman, a mother, and a wife, all the things a man can’t be.