Tuesday 23 January 2018

Sisters, you don't have to sign up to 'repeal the eighth' to be a feminist

'The recent Rose of Tralee controversy about whether the Sydney Rose, Brianna Parkins, should have used the competition to express her opinion that Ireland should hold a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment is a perfect example.'
'The recent Rose of Tralee controversy about whether the Sydney Rose, Brianna Parkins, should have used the competition to express her opinion that Ireland should hold a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment is a perfect example.'

Barbara Scully

I once made a complete show of myself on national TV. Well, I have probably made a show of myself on TV on more than one occasion, but the time I want to tell you about stands out in my mind because I still cringe when I think of it.

I was on TV3's 'Midday' (a weekday women's panel programme) and I was asked if I was a feminist.

In my own defence, this was about four years ago when I hadn't done much thinking about feminism. So I fudged the answer because somewhere in my brain I had the idea that feminists were angry women and I was afraid of them. Having just completed a decade as a 'housewife', I felt that I probably wasn't their kind of woman. So I began to my fudge answer by saying that: "Well, I don't know if I am because there is no real definition of feminism."

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