Yesterday, the Daily Mail–which loves to showcase women bashing feminism–devotes some space to a recent outing by Fay Weldon at a literary event in Richmond, England.
Weldon made her mark with bitingly satirical novels like The Life and Loves of a She Devil and Worst Fears, in which her heroines fight back, often spectacularly, against the Patriarchy. These days, however, it seems that the 78-year old Weldon is turning into that formerly radical but increasingly loony aunt you’re afraid to invite to dinner for fear she’ll embarrass you in front of your friends (see also: Greer, Germaine). When she spoke about feminism and progress at the Book Now festival, Weldon’s comments were strangely all over the map…but she was pretty much in Wrongville the entire time.
Weldon told a literature festival that while the sexual revolution of the Sixties had ended the requirement for women to provide ‘sexual, childcare and cooking services’, the ‘downside’ of feminism was a new breed of women. Women have been turned into unhappy ‘wage-slaves’ by the march of feminism, according to one of the movement’s pioneers.
‘The downside of feminism is that women are now expected to go out to work, which some women would rather do than looking after the children anyway.
Wait, that’s the downside?