It’s surely a sign of how feminist-friendly journalists on national newspapers are these days – with a few honourable exceptions, such as Quentin Letts at the Daily Mail – that they’ve been so reluctant to give exposure to the Anti-Feminism League and Campaign for Merit in Business.But I do find myself wishing they’d give less exposure to a common feminist strategy, ‘winning through whining’. The most common manifestation is whining about gender imbalances at the top of organisations, with no mention of the blindingly obvious point that far fewer women than men want such jobs.
On page 3 of today’s Financial Times is a half-page article by Hannah Kuchler with the strapline, ‘Associations could lose funding if they fail to have women represented at senior level.’ Yes, it’s our old favourite, the threat of quotas for women. The article bemoans the small number of women on sports boards, the low sponsorship of (and investment in) women’s sports compared with men’s sports, and much more. Ms Kuchler writes:
This low profile discourages grassroots participation, as there are few role models to show young women that it is possible to be both feminine and sporty. By the age of 15, half as many girls as boys do the recommended amount of physical activity, according to the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation.
Give me strength. The objection here is to girls acting gender-typically. The female of the species is simply less interested than the male in participating in (or watching) rules-based competitions such as sports. There is no ‘problem’ that needs ‘solving’, unless considered in feminist ideological terms. But then of course men and women acting gender-typically is anathema to Lefties who would have women fighting for FTSE100 directorships rather than seeking fulfilment in a family context. The family is, of course, the cornerstone of the ‘patriarchy’ feminists see everywhere.
The article quotes Stella Creasy, a Labour MP who campaigned for women to be shortlisted on the BBC’s ‘Sports Personality of the Year’ award. Ms Creasy is quoted as saying:
We need to get beyond the ’80:20′ society, which is not so much about a ‘glass ceiling’ as a ‘glass menagerie’, with just a few women on show.
Priceless. We now have the glass menagerie to add to the glass ceiling, the glass cliff, the glass escalator… it’s all glass bollocks, really, isn’t it?