I WATCHED the ‘new’ Beauty and the Beast at the weekend with the kids, as it is now on Netflix. It was so-so and although it stayed true (more or less) to the original it fell well below the Disney classic. Disney’s is one of those rare films that leaves you with a warm glow; the 2017 version failed to do. This is because it lacked the charm and romance of the animated tale, and also because Emma Watson plays Belle.
Emma Watson is indeed a classic beauty. However, I could not put her feminist politics out of my head so I knew that once the deal was done and she married the Beast, things would go downhill.
I imagined the poor old Beast would face a lifetime of nagging and whining from Belle over feminism. Every time he came home from work he would be drowned in a river of moaning about the gender pay gap, his male privilege and ‘structural inequality’. The fact that Belle is an actual princess or queen wouldn’t stop her, for as we all know it is the most privileged women who are the most oppressed.
On and on it would go, the Beast probably figuring out that the real curse placed upon him was not being a Beast, but being married to a feminist.
So it was with little surprise that I read that Meghan Markle is a ‘pretty difficult person’ who is making Prince Harry ‘miserable and glum’.
Of course she is, I thought: she is a feminist. And Harry has had the misfortune to marry her, so he faces of a long life of feminist-inspired whingeing about how life is so unfair for the duchess who was formerly an actress.
Now listen, I wanted to get on board with the entire Meghan Markle thing. If anyone deserves a shot at happiness is Harry, but I admit things are getting a little gloomy since the wedding. I also loathe how the media like to build a person up only to tear them down and I suspect there might be a fair bit of that going on here with Duchess Meghan. But the fact remains: if you are married to a feminist, be prepared for a life of misery, as neither you nor society will ever be good enough for her.
Miserable women are a real phenomenon, and it should come as no surprise that since the 70s, and the explosion in feminism, women are less happy then men.
The Guardian explains this by saying that women are now more aware of their struggles.
Writer Anna Petherick says: ‘[Economists] Stevenson and Wolfers discovered that American women rated their overall life satisfaction higher than men in the 1970s. Thereafter, women’s happiness scores decreased while men’s scores stayed roughly stable. By the 1990s, women were less happy than men. This relative unhappiness softened after the turn of the century, but men continue to enjoy a higher sense of subjective wellbeing that is at least as high – if not higher – than women’s.’
She goes on: ‘Declining happiness among women may seem depressing. But whoever claimed an expanded consciousness brings satisfaction?’ Or maybe, just maybe, feminism is at odds with what women want (a family being one thing) and reality itself (men and women are the same) and feminism made a lot of promises that it couldn’t keep, like men would behave themselves once we bring about the sexual revolution and destroy all social conventions that sought to control excessive male sexual behaviour. Perhaps these are some of the reasons feminism makes women so unhappy?
But as with all revolutionaries, the excuse given for the misery they create is: But the revolution is not complete! Can we have a do-over?! No, you cannot.
On a serious note, though, I hope the latest Markle story is just a piece of tabloid gossip with no basis in reality (a bit like feminism, then). But it seems a constant theme of late, and as for Prince Harry, well, he doesn’t deserve this, does he?