Radio presenter, RTE 2fm Yes, I 100pc call myself a feminist. Why wouldn’t I be? It doesn’t feel one bit weird to say that, and I’m always amused when people think that branding someone a feminist is an insult. I’m a woman who questions inequality, is not afraid of going head-to-head with misogynists, and is independent in my thinking. Some people think that feminists don’t want to identify with their feminine side. I don’t think this is true at all. I can question inequality while wearing make-up, skirts, and loving the company of my male mates.
I know gender quotas can seem unfair and contradictory to equality. However, in the Irish workplace, there are huge disparities in males versus females holding the top jobs, and in the pay scales. We need gender quotas to get the ball rolling.
I also think language can help with society’s view of feminism. Too many times I have seen women being classed as the exception in the media because they have gotten a top job, with headlines sprinkled with adjectives such as ‘first female CEO’ appointed. Can we not just say her name ? Because gender shouldn’t matter in who gets appointed.
Of course, there are ways that feminist thinking goes to far. In every movement, there are extremists. There are some pretty hardened activists out there who think that being feminine or attractive to the opposite sex is doing their fellow women a disservice.
Doing the dishes isn’t going to have the Suffragettes turning in their grave, either. It’s just a domestic chore. Man-hating isn’t my style. I’m just all about opportunities for all, and its super refreshing to chat to men who believe in feminism too.