Following yesterday’s good piece on paternity fraud, we haven’t had to wait long for the Telegraph to return to type. Our thanks to Mike for pointing us to a truly dire example of feminist propaganda, here. Referring to the political world, Ms Fraser writes:
When exactly is the ‘right time’ for women to take centre stage?
She appears not to have noticed that Margaret Thatcher started the first of her three terms as Conservative prime minister in 1979 – 36 years ago. No, that stark fact doesn’t support her relentlessly whiny narrative. She continues:
It’s not just an argument that rages in British politics, [It RAGES? Seriously?] but in our schools too. Earlier this week, Jane Lunnon, headmistress of Wimbledon High School, spoke out in support of including women authors on the school curriculum. She said that where two modern books are of equal merit, the woman should be chosen – and called for the inclusion of authors such as Margaret Atwood and Toni Morrison to break “the cycle of male dominance” that occurs in English literature.
Ms Fraser appears unable to cite a modern British female writer of major significance. Margaret Atwood (75) is Canadian, Toni Morrison (84) is American.
We move on to the predictable feminist ‘equal merit’ ploy. What it means, of course, in this field as in others, is that the bar must be lowered until gender parity is reached, or something close to it, even if everyone with more than half a dozen grey cells – feminists are excluded, by definition – realises that quality standards have to be be severely compromised in the process.
In the interests of gender equality, perhaps second division male writers could be included, too? No, that would be totally the wrong sort of equality. So let’s do all we can to stop women like Helen Fraser and Jane Lunnon whining, and pretend Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters were the equals of Charles Dickens, Graham Greene, George Orwell…
Jane Lunnon employs the Woman’s Hour tactic of citing one or two exceptional women in a field, then leaving people to conclude that ‘under representation’ must be the result of anti-female discrimination. I referred to the tactic in a very short chapter titled Are some feminists (e.g. Tracey Emin) a pain in the Arts? in my book Feminism: The Ugly Truth.
As is usually the case with articles such as the latest in the Telegraph, the comments stream is far more informed, insightful, and entertaining.