Feminism is great, equality between men and women is essential and it’s a tragic shame that it still hasn’t been achieved on a global scale.
But I’m handing back my feminism card, I’ve not always agreed with some hard line feminist movements, I’d much rather see a more humanism approach than dividing everything between the sexes.
What prompted by decision to say once and for all that I don’t want to be labelled a feminist was the #5050Parliament petition.
In simple terms, the petition claims Parliament should reflect the general population and be a more 50/50 split between men and women, at the moment only 23% of Parliament is made up of women.
Whilst I agree in principle that Parliament needs a good ol’ shake up to remove useless MP’s, I don’t think a 50/50 split will make much of an improvement. I’m sure the scandals that have hit Parliament in recent years have found men and women just as guilty as each other, besides, having a vagina doesn’t automatically mean any female MP will have my best interests at heart.
Rather than be concerned about there being enough women in Parliament, I’d prefer to see experienced people in Parliament.
I couldn’t care less if the Education, Health, Transport or Defence ministers are men or women or snow globes, what’s important to me is that they have experience of the area they reside over.
A Health minister who has actually made a life or death decision in an operating theatre, an Education minister who has stood in front of a class of 30 disinterested 15 year olds and a Defence minister who’s served in the Armed Forces.
These are the changes I’d like to see in Parliament.
Do any of the government ministers actually have any real life experience in the departments they lead?
A Transport minister who drove buses, or a Justice minister who has practiced law, perhaps a minister for Environment, Food and Rural affairs who once farmed?
Most ministers are now either government ministers with specific responsibilities in certain areas, such as Health or Defence or are members of committees, which look at issues in detail, from government policy and new laws, to wider topics like human rights.
A position in these committees, agencies or areas, where decisions are made which impact the lives millions of people, should surely be based on experience rather than gender.