When a reporter asked Chris Hipkins, the New Zealand Prime Minister, to explain what his government meant by a “woman”, Hipkins frowned.
Sean Plunket, journalist, asked Hipkins the fundamental question: “How do your government define a woman?”
The question sent Hipkins into a tailspin. Hipkins struggled for several seconds before he finally stumbled forward.
Hipkins stated, “To be completely honest, Sean that question has been slightly out of leftfield for me.” “The — well, biology, sex, gender, umm — people define themselves, people define their own genders.”
Plunket noticed that the prime minister was trying to avoid the question and referred to comments made British Member of Parliament Keir Sterner, where the leader of U.K Labour Party supported the rights of biological women rather than those of transwomen.
“I would ask you again: How can you define a woman?” Plunket asked.
Hipkins evaded giving a substantive answer by saying he had not prepared an answer.
“I didn’t expect that question. It’s not something I have pre-formulated an answer to. However, in terms of gender identity I believe people…