FROM THE NEWS DESK
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.