How else to explain this widespread tendency to dub the Auckland Central contest between Labour’s Jacinda Ardern and National’s Nikki Kaye as “the battle of the babes”? The Herald is particularly naff in this respect (e.g. here, here, here), but other outlets are also aboard the bandwagon (e.g. here, here).
As if women in politics (as in most other walks of life) didn’t have enough blatant sexism to cope with, we have to slobber over a couple of candidates in an electorate who happen to be women, and call them “babes”?
Political equality – 118 years and counting – still some way to go….