Tuesday 23 January 2018

Men and women excel differently

Sir -- Your correspondent, A. Leavy, has completely misrepresented what I said in my letter of December 4 last, and I would appreciate the opportunity to put him right.

Contrary to what he implied in his letter, I haven't a problem with the idea of getting more women into politics. But I draw the line at imposing candidates on the electorate just because they are women. That is an insult to the intelligence of women. I also objected to the proposed "gender quota law" that would penalise political parties that didn't reach the "quota" of women candidates. I object to this for all the reasons set down by Michael McDowell. (Sunday Independent, Nov 20, 2011). I believe it is irrational, illogical and not in the public interest.

It's time for the women's libbers to move with the times and embrace the reality of life. It's time to stop the gender confusion and start celebrating the differences between men and women. Men and women are neither superior nor inferior to each other -- they just excel at different things.

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