It seems that no matter how high you rise in this world, if you鈥檙e a woman, you鈥檙e going to have to deal with people asking creepy questions about your sex life. If you鈥檙e smart and hardworking and lucky enough to become a head of state, you鈥檒l get asked about it on television!

Such was the case recently for New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who, on a recent episode of the Australian news program 60 Minutes, was forced to answer questions about the conception of her child.

Reporter Charles Wooley seemed to dote on Ardern, describing himself as 鈥渟mitten鈥 with her in a promo for the segment. 鈥淚鈥檝e met a lot of prime ministers in my time,鈥 Wooley said. 鈥淏ut none so young, not too many so smart, and never one so attractive.鈥

Ardern, 37, came to power in a surprise election result in October of last year and in January announced she was pregnant, with the baby due in June.

鈥淥ne really important political question that I want to ask you,鈥 Wooley said. 鈥淎nd that is, what exactly is the date that the baby鈥檚 due?鈥

When Ardern answered, Wooley replied, 鈥淚t鈥檚 interesting how many people have been counting back to the conception 鈥 as it were,鈥 implying that the the baby was conceived during the election race (as if that is somehow relevant to anything). Ardern and her husband, who sat beside her, looked surprised. 鈥淩eally?鈥 Ardern asked.

Inexplicably confident in the merit of this line of questioning, Wooley soldiered on, going out of his way to bring up his own sex life. 鈥淗aving produced six children, it doesn鈥檛 amaze me that people can have children; why shouldn鈥檛 a child be conceived during an election campaign?鈥

鈥淭he election was done,鈥 Ardern clarified. 鈥淣ot that we need to get into those details.鈥

Not surprisingly, reasonable people across Australia and New Zealand were horrified.

Ardern, for her part, didn鈥檛 seem overly bothered by the interview. In a post-cabinet media address on Monday, she said that she was surprised by the questions about the date of her unborn child鈥檚 conception, but that she wasn鈥檛 鈥減articularly fazed鈥 by the experience.

Wooley has also weighed in on the controversy surrounding his interviewing style. In conversation with Newstalk ZB, Wooley drudged up a bunch of tired 1984 references as if that were an excuse for asking a head of state about her sex life. 鈥淚t鈥檚 a bit Orwellian, you know, I think you got to be so careful with newspeak and thought crime and everything else,鈥 said Wooley.

For the record, it鈥檚 not complicated. Just don鈥檛 ask prime ministers about their sex lives with their partners on the campaign trail.

(photos via Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images + Hannah Peters/Getty Images)