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Feminism and Positive Discrimination
I am not a feminist. I want women to have equal rights with men, but I don’t think that makes me a feminist. The only way I think I can explain what I am talking about is with an example which is what started off my anger at feminism and made me realise that what was going on was in fact positive discrimination. For those of you that don’t know about the UK political system (many Brits do not understand it), in its simplest form imagine the country broken up into hundreds of pieces (the size of a small town). These are constituencies and each constituency has an elective that has a seat in Parliament (an MP). At elections you vote for the political party you want to represent your constituency, you vote for the man or woman you want to be MP for your constituency (not which party you want running the country) although the chances are it will be the same. Then the party that has the most MPs usually (but not always) is the party that runs the government. Confusing? Yes. But you don’t need to fully understand it to see what my problem is.
There are some constituencies (I don’t know where) where the government stated that there must be only women candidates. This made me so mad. This is not how you run a country. It is positive discrimination, in fact, discriminating again men. What if there was a man better qualified to have that post? What if there weren’t any women that really wanted to do it, but people were forced into it because men weren’t allowed? Women don’t have to do everything that men do. They should have the opportunity to, but they don’t HAVE to. If a woman is best qualified for a job, any job then that should be why she gets it. If nothing else, it’s insulting to say that a woman wouldn’t be able to get into Parliament without this helping hand. I’m sure I’m going to get plenty of people disagreeing with me, and I’m sure I know what they’ll say. But I'll deal with those comments if and when they come. Quotas are a bad idea, whether it’s in gender, race or anything else.
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