I think most people would be able to identify themselves as a feminist. When I describe myself as a feminist, I am saying I am committed to the equal treatment of men and women in all aspects of life.
I suppose, at times, the word feminism is seen to have a negative meaning, and differing definitions have been applied to the word. There are some who feel the word suggests you are anti-men in some way, which is really not the case.
At times, I think feminism can be unfair on men. Sometimes we forget that men can be unfairly discriminated against on the basis of their gender.
An area that springs to mind is fathers’ rights, where we have considerable work to do in this country to ensure that [unmarried] fathers receive fair treatment. We must remember feminism is for men and women, and we must support and push for equality both ways.
Fianna Fail TD for Mayo