‘Fem­i­nism is for all’

Kapi-Mana News - - WHAT’S ON - VIR­GINIA FAL­LON

A Porirua teenager says fem­i­nism shouldn’t be a dirty word.

Maisy Bent­ley said she was proud to be a fem­i­nist and wanted more peo­ple, men and women, to join her.

So the 17-year-old has set up a ‘Girl Boss’’ group at Aotea Col­lege. Started in Auck­land, the ini­tia­tive’s mis­sion is to in­spire, ed­u­cate and equip the next gen­er­a­tion of women to lead and change the world.

‘‘Fem­i­nism isn’t a dirty word, it’s not a bad thing, it’s some­thing that makes per­fect sense.

‘‘[Fem­i­nism is] about start­ing a dis­cus­sion about sex­ism...it’s an is­sue and still a taboo sub­ject.’’

She said there were fem­i­nist is­sues ev­ery­where from wage gaps to the so­cial con­straints faced by women.

‘‘The im­age of an­gry men-hat­ing women with hairy armpits is not right, nor­mal women need to be fem­i­nists and men should be too.’’

Bent­ley said mak­ing a stand on hu­man rights kept her pretty busy.

‘‘I’m a nor­mal per­son, I go to school, I have a part time job. I just do it while try­ing to save the world.’’

She has also just com­peted in the na­tion­wide in­ter-school moot­ing com­pe­ti­tion, is a UN Youth Am­bas­sador, part of the model Euro­pean Union, or­gan­ised Aotea Col­lege’s 40 hour famine ef­fort, and is ap­ply­ing for the Global De­vel­op­ment Tour next year in Europe and New York.

Guid­ance coun­sel­lor Ni­cole Mac­quet said Ben­nett would achieve great things.

‘‘She will rep­re­sent Porirua and New Zealand on the world stage. She has am­bi­tion, in­no­va­tion and drive and she doesn’t ask for per­mis­sion.’’

Maisy Bent­ley is proud to be a fem­i­nist.

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