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Laura Perrins: Now feminists seek to slow down the City


The headline should have read Head of St. Paul’s Girls’ School bullies the City into entrenching privilege for already privileged girls. We know feminism is for the privileged few and this story, Female mentors fight sexism in the City, sure does prove this universal truth more than ever.

Clarissa Farr, high mistress of St Paul’s, has browbeaten the City into going easy on the girls, “Research published this week claimed competitive workplaces could hold women back in their careers.”

Farr, has started a campaign, Dads for Daughters, to get fathers of pupils at her school involved ‘in changing workplace culture’ in banking, accountancy, law, and government.

Farr said that having daughters had crystallised the issue of professional sexism for a lot of fathers. She added: “They are trying to do something about workplace culture before their daughters get there.” Changing workplace culture means making it less competitive, it seems.

So Dads will do something to ‘change workplace culture.’ Indeed they will – for reasons of pure self-interest!

As part of this campaign, poor Adrian Edwards was sent to a re-education camp. He is a managing partner in his mid-50s at Ernst & Young and had to endure the indignity of being ‘mentored by a woman almost 20 years his junior for an hour a week’.

“Now there’s a much higher level of personal awareness about creating a cultural environment that allows everyone to succeed while being themselves,” Mr Edwards said (without blinking an eye and in a slightly robotic voice.) It was not said whether soft toys were provided.

Suffering the rather irritating routine of being ‘mentored’ by a younger female colleague is no doubt a necessary evil now for senior men. Edwards can hardly say No for fear of being labelled a sexist.

There is no doubt in my mind he has succumbed to such nonsense as a way of staying on the right side of the boss and to further his career. Truly, there is no hiding place from the insufferable feminists – even the office. Prepare to see an exponential increase in the sale of garden sheds.

And there is the other limb of self-interest – improving the prospects for his daughter. This was explicitly admitted by Edwards as a reason in The Times piece.

“I’ve got a 13-year-old daughter and that makes it very personal — you think about what’s happening in the workplace and what’s happening to very talented people. Girls are taught they can do anything but there are still cultural barriers when they enter the workplace.” Farr also tells us: “They (the dads) are trying to do something about workplace culture before their daughters get there.”

Of course, they will! You want to get a return on those fees. This makes sense, does it not, as these parents pride themselves on the worldly success of their offspring. For generations they passed the privilege down to their sons. It is just spiffing that they can now do the same for their daughters.

What is even more spiffing is that all the privileged children can then marry each other, reproduce and thereby create a super race of Alphas that dominate the City and outsource all the pesky childcare to the Betas. And people wonder why we have growing inequality gap!

What the girls of St Paul’s themselves want is not mentioned. I am sure they are very ambitious for worldly success and more power to them. There is nothing wrong with ambition and drive at all.

But, there has been an exponential increase in eating disorders and self-harm amongst middle-class girls and the parents are no better. Unbelievably, the parents will be offered therapy to keep them calm during exam season. “For the first time parents as well as children are being taught techniques to help them stay calm amid concerns that youngsters are buckling under the pressure from home.”

Perhaps some of these kids don’t all want to be partners at Goldman Sachs. Maybe they think there is more to life than worldly success. Who knows – neither the high mistress of St Paul’s or perhaps even their parents seems to have asked.

(Image: Christian Reimer)

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