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Laura Perrins: The equality spreadsheet must be obeyed. Boys get to play with dolls, girls with spanners


As a mother of now three children nothing irks me more than when politicians poke their noses into family life. Barely a day goes by without our being told what to feed the kids, what sports they should be doing, that girls should be playing more rugby and boys should be playing with dolls. Who do these power-crazed junkies think they are?

The latest interfering nonsense centres on pushing more girls into “stem” subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths), especially engineering and pushing more boys and men into caring professions.

Ah yes, engineering. We are short of 40,000 graduates in engineering but I have serious doubts about this figure. It is clear, however, from politicians and The Times that ‘we need more women in engineering’ – whether they like it or not.

Too many girls go into the caring professions such as medicine, and not enough go into computer programming and the like. That is just awful, don’t you think? For shame on all those midwives, nurses and doctors what with their hand-holding, brow mopping and nurturing ways. For shame dear ladies for choosing such a profession, when you could be, as Eleanor Mills said in The Sunday Times, designing exploding buildings as special effects for films.

I know may things in life are uncertain, but there is one thing I am certain about – we certainly need many more nurses and midwives, and I for one can live without any more fake exploding buildings.

The other infuriating point about the ‘lets get more girls into engineering campaign’ is how instrumental it all is. The hopes, dreams and desires of girls and female students do not matter – they are merely means to an end. And that end is, of course, the great Equality Spreadsheet in the sky.

We shall have 50 per cent female engineers; female preferences be damned.  The women themselves are merely grease to the Equality Wheel. Again as Ms Mills state: “In brute economic terms, if we want sexual equality we need women to take on the higher-paying and crucial jobs science creates.” This is brutish  if it is not what the women themselves want.

It is also hugely ironic that this call for more female engineers comes from (and I have said this before) feminists who studied gender studies; politicians who frequently have arts and humanity degrees; and, female journalists who themselves have chosen the very interesting and the sometimes glamorous profession of journalism. Amazingly enough, engineering was not quite for them – that is for the ‘other women’, the little wimmin who are merely fodder for the Feminist Machine.

We also have calls frequently made by Jo Swinson MP over at the LibDems for boys to play with dolls so they can go into caring subjects and jobs.

Note for a start that ‘caring’ was not for her – no Siree. Once again it does not matter whether men actually want to go into caring and it certainly does not matter whether they would be any good at it.

The important point is that this will help with the Equality Spreadsheet, as caring is poorly paid. So we will push the men into poorly paid jobs in caring, while the women can go into better paid jobs in engineering. Do we see where we are all going with this, dear reader?

Finally I do think it is worth mentioning that in a couple of decades time I doubt very much little Swinson junior will be found working in a nursing home. In fact I would put my house on that – poorly paid jobs like these are for other people’s sons not the ministers. And I doubt any of the Clegg boys will be found in the ‘Life is Wonderful Nurser on the minimum wage either. What do we think are the odds on this happening? My thoughts exactly.

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