Feminism Makes Us Fat! By Mrs Vera West
Well, well, well – or should I say, “unwell.” The feminist founder of the early feminist magazine Spare Rib, which started back in the prehistoric era of 1971 (https://www.bl.uk/spare-rib/articles/spare-rib-and-the-underground-press), has come out and said that the obesity crisis has been fuelled by feminism: The Weekend Australian, June 3-4, 2017, p. 12.
The “womyn” in question is Rosie Boycott, an interesting name for the profession, and she was speaking as a senior British food policy advisor: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4564628/Obesity-crisis-partly-says-leading-feminist.html. Look, I am not making this up; here is the take from The Daily Mail: “prominent feminist says she feels ‘partly responsible’ for the childhood obesity crisis because she urged women to stop cooking and go to work.
Rosie Boycott, who chairs the Mayor of London’s food policy unit, launched the feminist magazine Spare Rib in the 1970s.
Yesterday, she said her advice to women not to worry about making meals for their families had inadvertently helped to fuel childhood obesity.
Speaking at the Hay Festival of Arts and Literature, Miss Boycott said: ‘I think we have a lost generation. I don’t think we are getting it back…’I feel partly responsible. I started Spare Rib and said, ‘don’t cook, don’t type, you’ll get ahead’. We lost it. Schools gave up cooking. Everyone gave up cooking.’
Asked if the obesity crisis was an unintended consequence of feminism, she said: ‘It’s certainly been fuelled by the fact women work and that we changed things, and we have allowed this huge change to happen… women start working, the fast food and the snacks and the takeaways arrive.”
This is a good example of how the Left have been useful in promoting an agenda, the full consequences of which they did not understand at the time, and how other factors can intervene to create an absolute disaster. It is a good argument for conservativism because one can never do only one thing, and for every action in the human realm, contrary to Newton, there is an unequal and opposite reaction.