Having grown up in a family with very liberal ideas on gender roles, I sometimes forget that not everyone holds similar values.
This week a TV interviewer put his foot into it by asking a question he really should have known not to ask.
This is Aotearoa New Zealand and the twenty first century. If he has been an employer, he would have been in deep doo doo for asking the question to an employee or prospective employee.
Thankfully his question raised the ire of the interviewee and a significant proportion of the community.
The question was to the new leader of the Labour party, who has a remote chance of becoming the PM (Prime Minister) after the general elections in September.
So what was the question?
“Is it OK for a PM to take maternity leave while in office?”
I’m disappointed that there are still men around who hold nineteenth century views of gender roles, but I am pleased that most Kiwi males have moved on.