As an international organisation committed to equality, The Anti-Feminism League had to follow the ‘Toady’ – available only to male collaborators with militant feminism – with an award for the ladies. And so it is that the League is pleased to announce not one but two new awards, the ‘Maggie’ and the ‘Harpy’. Taking each in turn:
People who know me and/or who are familiar with my oeuvre cannot be in any doubt about my deep admiration of Margaret Thatcher. It would be no exaggeration to say she’s a heroine to myself and to many others who lament what’s happened to the Conservative party in recent years, and since the election of Dave the Feminist as party leader in 2005 in particular. There’s a lengthy section in Buchanan’s Dictionary of Quotations dedicated to her, and The Glass Ceiling Delusion starts with one of her quotations:
I don’t want to get to a position when we have women in senior roles because they’re women, we want to have women because they are able and as well equipped as men and sometimes better.
In an earlier post I mooted the idea of calling an award for women in the public eye, who talked sense about gender issues, a ‘Thatcher’. A number of people responded with alternative suggestions, for which I thank them. Among their number were two stout lady supporters (in a psychological sense, rather than a physical sense) of The Anti-Feminism League, who proposed the award be called a ‘Maggie’. Ever willing to accept suggestions from the ladies, the League gratefully accepted their excellent suggestion. The ‘Maggie is born.
It’s one thing for men to be anti-feminists but it takes more courage for women to be anti-feminists, and yet more courage for female politicians to speak out against feminist campaigns. And so it is that The Anti-Feminism League proudly presents the inaugural ‘Maggie’ to a Conservative MEP for London, the estimable Marina Yannakoudakis, for her opposition to a number of ridiculous feminist campaigns include ‘gender balance in the boardroom’. Last week she had the following insightful letter printed in the Times:
Sir, I am pleased that David Charter has finally debunked the facile ‘Lehman Sisters’ argument (‘A gentle touch in the boardroom? Don’t bet on it’, 28 March). The idea that the fairer sex might have tempered the ‘macho’ behaviour of their male counterparts is just as absurd as the contention that the financial crisis was caused by hot-headed men. The Bundesbank report which is at the centre of Charter’s article goes to show what I knew all along: boardroom quotas are wrong. Firms must be free to pick the best person for the job irrespective of gender. Promoting inexperienced, risk-hungry women to boards is not only patronising window-dressing but also a real danger to the future prosperity of the companies concerned.
Excellent. An earlier post in this blog provides a link to the Bundesbank report in question.
The spirit of Mrs T is clearly alive and well in the heart of British womankind, herewith Mrs Yannakoudakis’s ‘Maggie’:
The Board and Executive Committee of The Anti-Feminism League salute Mrs Y, a lady clearly blessed with the intelligence and integrity of Mrs T herself.
We come to the ladies’ equivalent of the ‘Toady’. The League’s Board felt it would be appropriate to launch this award with a Lifetime Achievement Award, but to whom? After the briefest of discussion it was unanimously agreed that one contender stood head and shoulders above her equally miserable and misandric sisters:
May I take this opportunity to wish you all a good week. The fight against militant feminism has begun, and its eventual defeat is a matter of historical inevitability. In the immortal words of Mahatma Gandhi:
First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.