[Roy] says her Territorial stint has done her tough-girl pollie image no harm. She agrees there is still an idea that women in politics have to be even tougher than the men. "Yes, I do. You struggle. If you're female and you're younger and you're blonde then you've got barriers to jump over. Those six-foot walls that I'd try and jump over in the Army, you've got to jump over in politics every day." But she "really dislikes" the word feminist and says she isn't one because it "implies people who go right out on an extreme. Just to put their stamp on the ground purely because they are female. I'm a great believer in people getting somewhere because they deserve to". Which is what I'd have thought feminism was about, but perhaps not to Super Moms.Were I in a position to waste a Question for Oral Answer for no good reason but my own curiosity I might ask Roy is she considered Sonya Davies was an extremist. Or, in hindsight, the suffragettes of the 19th century. Or Ashley Judd, Kate Walsh, Emma Watson, all of whom are pretty mainstream modern actresses who have proudly identifed as feminists. There's no shame in being called a feminist now.
Yes there are streams of feminism that are more radical than others. All you need to do is read this blog for a while, with its different authors and different perspectives on feminism, to see that there is a wide variety of views within the broad church of feminism in general. The radicalness, the extremism, is more often in the eye of the beholder than the writer, may I humbly suggest.
As a leftie, I tend to see Act as pretty extreme. It seemed somehow fitting to me that the current Deputy Leader would somehow be unaware that her party might be seen as ticking that box, whilst rejecting the word, the concept, and the possibility of being "feminist," because it is too radical. Even though she had just identified that in her political life she faces extra barriers because of her gender (and her appearance, which is usually not a problem identified by male MPs). *cough* false consciousness *cough*
Anyway, it seems timely to include another quote to round this post off. No prizes for guessing ahead which one it will be...
Feminism is the radical notion that women are people.