• Sun, 21, Jan, 2018 - 5:00:AM

TOP 30 OF 2017 - 1. Dear Mark Richardson and Jesse Mulligan

First published on Wednesday the 2nd of August, 2017, this piece was the most read Villainesse story of 2017.

Dear Mark Richardson and Jesse Mulligan,

Congratulations. You’ve done Aotearoa a great service by asking new Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern if she plans on having children, because clearly that’s the most pressing issue she might face if she becomes the next leader of our country.

This got us thinking: have you two had vasectomies?

It’s a fair question. After all, you both implied that asking Ardern if she plans on having children was somehow relevant to her ability to do her job. Isn’t it only fair we ask if you plan on further breeding?

If that question makes you uncomfortable, you might want to reflect further on what Ardern told you. As she said: “It is totally unacceptable in 2017 to say that women should have to answer that question in the workplace. It is a woman’s decision about when they choose to have children. It should not predetermine whether or not they are given a job or have job opportunities.”

More to the point; the children you already have. Do you feel that you’re really able to give your best to your jobs, given you’ve played a part in spawning small humans? How on earth did you two manage to find work? Did your employers know that you were - gasp - fathers?

And before you say it, we know. You’re not lining up to be Prime Minister.

Thank God.




  • Jacinda Ardern /
  • Labour /
  • Politics /
  • Sexism /
  • Misogyny /
  • Media /
  • Mark Richardson /
  • Jesse Mulligan /
  • Election 2017 /
  • New Zealand Politics /
  • Children /
  • Discrimination /
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