Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Life - - GIRL POWER -

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

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