Clementine Ford called for women to stop using the word ‘lucky’ when they find a male partner who treats them ‘like a human’.
Speaking out during her latest book launch at Seymour Centre in Darlington earlier this month, the activist, 42, said it’s not ‘fortunate’ to be treated with respect.
The staunch feminist, who recently released a book against marriage called I Don’t, went on to use her own co-parenting relationship with her ex partner as an example.
Clementine told the audience she feels ‘very grateful’ for the healthy relationship she maintains with her ex-boyfriend for the sake of their child.
However, she maintained that while many women may consider her circumstance ‘lucky’, she hesitates to use that word.
‘I don’t want to say ‘fortunately’, because that’s often how women talk about their relationships,’ she said.
”I’m really lucky, I’ve been really lucky, I’ve got a good one.’ It’s like, we should not be saying that we’re lucky to have men who treat women like human.’
It comes after the controversial author described marriage as being ‘built on the oppression of women’ and compared wives to slaves in her new book.
The best-selling writer appeared on The Project earlier this month to outline an alternative view on marriage.
‘My biggest issue with marriage is that I think that it’s a fundamentally flawed institution that is built on the oppression of women,’ she said on the program.
‘…But also that it’s presented to people now as something that it never has been, which is something that we need in order to have happiness and love.’
She went on to say that ‘love marriage is only about 200 years old’ and is not ‘an essential thing that will elevate our life to something better’.
Clementine added that marriage was largely ‘great for men’, while women were left with a large burden inside of the relationship.
‘One of the chief complaints a lot of women have about their husbands is that they don’t really feel like their husbands see them, all they are is kind of like a glorified all-in-one appliance for them,’ she said.
Clementine said she was ‘not at all against people falling in love and forming families’, but urged people to consider whether they needed to get married in order to have significant relationships.