Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - Deb­bie Jamieson

I was a lit­tle sur­prised to hear our new Prime Min­is­ter and his deputy con­fess their con­fu­sion around the mean­ing of fem­i­nism.

Ac­cord­ing to the Ox­ford Dic­tio­nary it means ‘‘the ad­vo­cacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equal­ity of the sexes’’.

Now I do un­der­stand that the word has be­come associated with ex­treme ac­tion, which Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment might not want to align them­selves with, thus Bill English claim­ing he doesn’t know what a fem­i­nist is and Paula Ben­nett say­ing she is a fem­i­nist ‘‘most days’’.

Let’s be hon­est, it has taken ex­treme ac­tion in the past to get to the stage of equal­ity we have to­day. And we still have some way to go for full equal­ity.

There­fore, I don’t want my daugh­ters grow­ing up think­ing be­ing a ‘‘fem­i­nist’’ and be­liev­ing in equal rights is some­thing to avoid.

Hav­ing the Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter for Women skirt­ing around the la­bel doesn’t help.

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