Yesterday evening, I was accused of being a misogynist. This seemed particularly bizarre when, at the time, I was arguing in favour of equality!
Let me explain.
I strongly believe in equality, the equality of opportunity. Everyone should be given the same chance to succeed and everyone should be judged equally on their merits.
When a shortlist is being drawn up I don't care if it is 100% men, 100% women, 100% koalas (!)... what they are is irrelevant, what they can do is what matters. Any shortlist should have those most suitable for carrying out the task and not have less able candidates because they are part of a particular sub-group of society.
Why on earth would anyone argue that a shortlist should be 50/50 men and women if it is not the strongest set of candidates?
The situation gets worse when we look at politics and the nonsense that is the Labour Party. Not only do they insist on shortlists with ratios and not simply ability but there are times when they have all-women shortlists - instantly eliminating half the population!
Some bandy about the term "positive discrimination" to describe this and claim it redresses imbalances.
Positive discrimination is just a different form of discrimination. It is bigotry and should to be tolerated in a modern society.
Do you really want a prospective MP selected by their genitalia first rather than their ability? That is what positive discrimination achieves. Wouldn't you rather have a prospective MP selected because they are the best candidate?
The Labour Party makes much of its claim that it fights for equality but it is currently the most bigoted political party in the UK. The likes of Harriet Harman regularly argue for inequality.
Of course, those accusing me of being a misogynist said I didn't understand because I'm male and have never been sidelined and discriminated against. They knew... because they are women!
They may be female (I didn't ask for proof) but they are bigoted.
There is nothing positive about positive discrimination; it is bigotry and should not be tolerated.