Friday 23 June 2017

Mary Kenny: Vive la feminism

Women should celebrate Marine le Pen's achievements, if not her politics

Mary Kenny, writer and author. Photo: Tony Gavin
Mary Kenny, writer and author. Photo: Tony Gavin
Mary Kenny

Mary Kenny

Feminists all over the world clamour that "more women's voices must be heard". More women's voices in science, on business boards, in academia, in the media, and, above all, in politics. However, no feminists I can trace have praised the French Presidential candidate Marine le Pen as representing an advance for women's voices in politics. As Marion Anne Perrine le Pen has led the National Front party, and thus "the extreme far right", she is never seen as a role-model for women and she is not supported by feminist groups.

There's an element of sectarianism here: when feminists say there should be "more women's voices" - what they seem to mean is that there should be "more women's voices of the kind that we agree with". Like, say, Hillary Clinton, or possibly, Angela Merkel - although Mrs Merkel herself, when asked if she was a feminist recently, seemed reluctant to commit.

Listen, sisters, in this life, you have to take the rough with the smooth. If you want "more women's voices" in the public arena, you are going to get all varieties of women coming forward. Women in politics are not always going to be your standard soft-liberal-leftie with the predictable views of that ilk.

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