I have been a member of the New Zealand National Party
for two years, with a gap in between those two years (I have also joined other
parties at other times). My electorate was Hutt South, in Greater Wellington.
I first got to know Bernadette Lindsay, the Chair (or whatever her title was)
of the National Party electorate committee, when she and her husband lived
around the corner from me in Wainuiomata. Then her husband died, and
she moved to a house to Lower Hutt proper, where I attended committee meetings
as the Men's Representative (or some such title). There was a women's
representative, but I don't know if my own title was official, or if they
were just humouring me.
The committee was female-dominated, and I remember the women once discussing
a women's conference they had been to, some of the participants at which had
been, according to Bernadette Lindsay, "extreme". Committee
meetings were held in a squarish room, into which you stepped as you entered
the front door, and which may have been a converted garage. But one
evening I turned up for a meeting and found that it was being held in the
living-room. What was also unusual was that there were no other males
present, and that there was a small reproduction of Michaelangelo's
statue of David very close to the circle of chairs. That was a slightly
embarassing situation, and the only satisfaction I got from it was that the
woman sitting next to me nearly jumped out of her chair when I flicked a speck
of dust off the crotch of my trousers!
What were these women playing at? My guess is that it was probably
retaliation for some incident which I vaguely recall, when a feminist woman
had been placed in a meeting of men, with a statue or painting of a nude woman
in close proximity. This woman then complained of sexual harassment
and got massive coverage from the feminist media. I suspect that this
woman may have been the lesbian feminist former National Party MP, Marilyn
Waring. She brought
down the Muldoon National Party government in 1984, and caused the introduction
of market liberal (right-wing) economic policies, after the election that
ensued, which have dominated New Zealand ever since.
If that was indeed retaliation, it gives an indication as to the mentality
of some National Party women. Why would they want to retaliate against
me for what some other men did to some random woman? They
must see themselves as involved in a sex war. In that case, should
I retaliate for all the abortions which National Party women have doubtless
had carried out (without any legal requirement for consent from the father
or from the unborn child) by "aborting" some National Party women?
Should I retaliate in kind against National Party women for the war service
of my father and of my uncle, and for the latter's death as a soldier in World