Maria ‘Manatee’ Miller at PMQs

A tip of the hat to Lloyd Evans at The Spectator for this. The piece ends:

She [Miller] silenced the House with an amazing statistic. ‘Only one in five public statues is of a woman,’ she announced. And truly it is amazing to discover that some feminist academic has found time in her busy schedule to tour the entire national stock of public monuments counting up the bronze skirts and the marble trousers. And did her census include crucifixes? Probably not, even though the tally of semi-naked Jesuses would increase the male majority even further. But there’s a reason for this preponderance of masculine statuary across the UK. We poor men suffer dreadfully from anxiety when we contemplate the billions of female images – tens of billions in fact – that appear on our coins, bank-notes, passports and stamps.

But Ms Miller has good news. The hurt feelings of the Sisters are to be assuaged by the unveiling of a statue in Basingstoke in honour of Jane Austen. But hang on. Ms Miller has got her feminism back to front. Jane Austen? The founder of chick-lit? The patron saint of paternalism? The simpering bourgeois spinster who created a series of weepy Hollywood romances which promote and perpetuate the commodification of the uterus? True feminists will tear down this monument to ovarian enslavement and perform the rites of Sappho in the rubble. And I, for one, will be there to watch.

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About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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  • Vasubandhu

    1 in 5 public statues being a woman sounds about right, if not over-generous, if one takes the actual ratios of achievement between men and women into account. Egalitarianism is demonstrably now destroying this country.

  • William Gruff

    Google seems to be doing all it can to reduce the gender celebration gap by celebrating the most obscure women it can simply because they’ve done something more than put on make up properly and choose their own clothes without help. Recently it was some Swedish bint whom they’ve credited with discovering how to make flour and booze from potatoes. I kid you not. yesterday, if I recall correctly, it was a Japanese artist and designer.

  • Groan

    Well it seems Maggie Thatcher can’t have a statue.

  • vfr100

    I wonder how many of the statues counted are of military origin?

    If so a way for more women to be recognised in future would be to join the military and risk their lives on the frontline.