So David Willetts, conservative minister for universities, has declared that feminism has robbed working class men of jobs and stifled social mobility. http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2011/apr/01/david-willetts-feminism-lack-of-jobs I must admit reading his comments I have been convicted of my own heinous crimes in seeking an education, securing work, hoping to be a positive influence within my community and bringing up my children in partnership with my husband. I now know that the young people I meet who are faced with a continued bleak future without work, debilitated by lack of prospects and left feeling hopeless, are in that position because I am a feminist. I have inflicted this on them – I have robbed them of vocational opportunities, taken their study allowance, raised university fees, closed factories and taken the very jobs they aspired to have. I have married above my station in marrying another earner and thus left the country with a legacy of non-earning households. It is my beliefs, in terms of inequalities still encountered by women in salaries, prospects and work distribution (to name just a few), that have led to working class men trapped by social immobility.
I must surrender now for the sake of these men – chomping at the bit for my jobs, ever so anxious to climb the social ladder to my dizzying heights of success. I must stay at home now with my babies, wash more clothes, clean more floors, cook more meals and give up the fight for any kind of fairness. Maybe our newest addition – Eden Lindsell Wells – 9lb 5 – 26 / 03 / 11 – will change me from raving feminist to 50s housewife overnight…………………………………….or maybe not. David Willetts I think your social analysis lacks some depth.