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Laura Perrins: The feminist life plan. Wait to 35, have one baby, dump him in a nursery, scuttle back to work


What have the feminists got against women? This is the question I ask myself following two articles in The Sunday Times: the first about women graduates in minimum wage jobs, and the second about the rise in fertility treatments.

The feminist-inspired life course for your average middle class young woman today, give or take some small discrepancies, looks something like this. They must do well in school and go to university no matter how ill suited.

Universities will do everything to make this happen even if the time and energy of this young woman is better spent elsewhere. Universities and their self-interested professors to keep themselves in their jobs will accept even low grades from students (both male and female) to fill their courses. This is paid for by the taxpayers who fund the loans to students. When the student who was ill suited to university in the first place drops out or fails to pay back their loan because they do not earn enough, it is the taxpayer who is left with the bill.

This is why I have come to believe that perhaps the university gap between men and women is not such a disaster for men – some men have probably caught on to the fact that for them university is a waste of time and energy and they are better suited to a more a vocational course.

Today, some female graduates are in minimum wage jobs. So  a minority of our young women will enter a low wage job with may be £50,000 of debts. All the while, in order to complete university and start her low-paid career, such women will be expected to take huge amounts of hormones to avoid pregnancy because babies are evil career destroyers.

As these young graduates head towards their late twenties they may, despite what modern culture tells them, start thinking about a family. Ideally they would like to have a man – perhaps even a husband – to have this family with, but good luck finding him. Men have been told that commitment is overrated.

Our young woman proceeds to build her career, as tough as that will be in her minimum wage job, and is now heading towards the age of 35. The pregnancy-avoiding hormones continue, but happily she has found herself a suitable man to settle down with and perhaps start a family with before that magical age of 35.

Remember to have a child before 35 is not acceptable anymore – every feminist knows that. You will have to ‘drop out of’ paid work, which will contribute to the mythical wage gap, and you cannot inflict this on the feminists. You cannot have your life dreams interferring with the feminist spread-sheet.

However, our young women would like a child or two, now that 35 looms. But remember under no circumstances must she have more that two. That will destroy her life/career  – only immigrants do that now, not ambitious middle class English girls.

But here is a problem. Having spent a good 15/20 years of her life drugging herself to rid herself of her fertility, it is now the case this young woman’s fertility has dropped and she will need to take very powerful drugs to stimulate all that fertility she subjugated for 20 years. Ironic isn’t it? Ironic, but not funny if you are the unlucky woman. So woman and hubby invest a lot of time, emotional energy and not to mention money but happily, their first child is born. But they cannot have a second.

Now our young women has a very difficult choice: after her year of maternity leave she must decide to return to work, putting the child she went through so much to have in nursery for up to ten hours a day, or become a full-time mother. She has probably moved away from her family (for career reasons, or course) so she has little if no support system. If she does return to work it is another slog for the next 20 years so she can set Penny or Paul (things are not as tough for Paul) on the same crazy feminist-dictated treadmill she has had to abide by.

Is this really the best we can offer our young women – pumping them full of hormones so they can enter minimum wage jobs only to desperately try and reverse this process ten years later? Isn’t it time women told those who have huge self-interest in this life trajectory to get stuffed? I am not talking about TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp’s “babes before marriage” piece of shoddy advice. But surely we can do better than this?

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