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Justin Trudeau Mocked For Telling A Woman To Say "Peoplekind" Not "Mankind"

Refinery29 logoRefinery29 2018-02-06 Natalie Gil

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Justin Trudeau is often hailed as one of the world's most feminist national leaders, but he has come in for criticism after a video emerged of him calling out a woman for using the word "mankind" instead of "peoplekind."

The Canadian prime minister was taking questions during a Q&A at MacEwan University in Edmonton when a young woman told him her charitable religious group was having trouble navigating the country's volunteering regulations.

After asking him to look into the policies further, she said: "Maternal love is the love that's going to change the future of mankind." To which Trudeau replied: "We like to say peoplekind, not necessarily mankind 'cause it's more inclusive."

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The woman responded in good faith saying, "There you go!" as the audience broke into applause. Trudeau added: "We can all learn from each other."

The Canadian prime minister is known for his gender-equal cabinet, vocal support of feminism and for encouraging men to do more to challenge the sexism they face. But critics have previously questioned his commitment to gender equality, asking whether he is a "fake feminist", and now he is being roundly mocked on Twitter for "mansplaining feminism" and making up a word, rather than using "humankind".

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Predictably, many others claimed the more inclusive word "peoplekind" was evidence of "political correctness gone mad".

The clip emerged less than a week after Canadian senators passed legislation to make the country's national anthem gender neutral, changing the line from “in all thy sons command” to “in all of us command”.

Speaking of the change, which campaigners have been backing for 30 years, senator Frances Lankin said: “This may be small – it’s about two words – but it’s huge in terms of one of our major national symbols. It’s inclusivity and I’m proud.”

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