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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