You could call it a blunder. A big, fat, juicy blunder.
On Monday the French president, François Hollande, was lambasted by women across the country for getting rid of the ministry of women’s affairs as part of a government reshuffle, replacing it with the ministry of family, children and women’s rights. Yes – all three lumped in together.
It didn’t take long for the outrage machine to sound the alarm: did Hollande think that a woman’s life revolves solely around children and her household? Feminist groups were appalled, perhaps rightly so.
And there we were thinking that men and women were the same except for those plumbing details which give rise to different family responsibilities.
Meaning, of course, that there should not be a ministry for women, just as there isn’t one for men, but should be one for families.