I’m a bit behind with the news at the moment so have only just stumbled across Piers Paul Read being interviewed about his new book The Misogynist for The Guardian. And I haven’t read the book yet, so this could well be a premature and ill-advised rant, but if I wait to post on the book I might forget to include these precious nuggets from the newspaper.
PPR is quoted in the article as saying:
“Quite apart from theology or dogma, I do think children are extraordinarily vulnerable and I think they are the victims of the triumph of feminism in that it is partly to blame for the huge statistics of the breakup of marriages and relationships of people who didn’t get married. I would argue that the nurturing of children is more important than anything else, and I think it is very hard for women to pursue a career and bring up children.”
Mmm. Stone the crows. Feminism is partly to blame for marriage and relationship breakdown. If only we could just sit quietly, on our afternoon off from baking cupcakes in a flowered Avoca apron, our husbands would be so much happier and our marriages would endure. If we’re good girls they might let us keep the vote. And I wonder whether it also very hard for men to pursue a career and bring up children? Or does that not really come into it chez Read?
And yes I do know that liberal-baiting stirs some people’s juices, and I shouldn’t be rising to the bait, but I am rising, particularly when he adds:
“I don’t believe feminism has made women happy, and I think some younger women are now seeing things differently to the Germaine Greer generation. Of course, I did have a rather powerful, bullying and intense mother. So it’s possible that I’m projecting my complexes on to the situation.”
Well. Breathtaking. And though I do agree that some younger women are now seeing things differently to the Germaine Greer generation, I can’t say it’s occurred to me to smack my lips in a satisfied way over it.
Feminism. Has it made your life worse?