So, wannabe Conservative Party leader, Andrea Leadsom, reckons having children gives her the edge on rival, Theresa May. Apparently, it elevates the status of her stake in the future of Britain to higher worth. It worked for Thatcher, remember?
It’s hardly a surprising assertion given the only comparative differentiation between one candidate and the other is anxiety about getting children into the best private schools. A low point for meaty mud-slinging, but a possible Mexican eye-roll opportunity for women across the Northern Hemisphere who do not have children.
While commentators are foaming at the keyboard, many women will be reminded of how they are regular receptacles for the same assertion made more matter-of-factly along with a number of other assumptions far too frequently strewn around.
If you’re a woman who doesn’t have children, it’s likely you’ll be unsurprised to learn the following:
- Your capacity to be affected by horrific news stories of children dying isn’t as great as women who do.
- Sexism and discrimination in the workplace don’t affect you as negatively.
- Your work ethic is not under the same scrutiny or pressure for reform so you don’t work as hard either. No need for you to prove yourself.
- It’s your choice to work 80 hours in a top corporate job at the expense of your fertility. Because life’s that simple, and worthy work, or ‘careers’ are only ever to be found in those sectors that require grooming and a third level alma mater.
- Consequently, you probably haven’t suffered the indignity of participating in ‘low-skilled’ work.
- If, or when, you ever do have children, it’s only then you’ll realise the need for feminism.
- You’re constantly hung-over. You lucky sod.
- You smell of cat wee. Probably.