Novelist, journalist, columnist What does feminism mean to me? If I’m honest, absolutely nothing. Outspoken, self-proclaimed feminists don’t tend to like me. I’m a bit too glam and blonde for their liking. Even though I spend half my week in tracksuits, without any make-up on, being a slummy mummy!
I’m not one for labels, unless it’s on a nice handbag, but yes, I suppose I would be a feminist. People would consider me a tough cookie because I keep bouncing back from abuse. Or to quote one troll, ‘The bitch never goes away. What is she, 80 now?’
I tried to bring a show to the stage, but when I tried to seek out female directors, producers, etc, I was told by all my male theatrical acquaintances, ‘There are none — no decent ones anyway!’ I got tired of hitting brick walls and abandoned the project. Temporarily, anyway. But that attitude was demoralising.
I’d like to see more women in positions of power, and I love hearing about other women succeeding, even if I haven’t. Women need to help each other out more. If that makes me a feminist then fine, knock yourself out. I’ve been called much worse.
I would hate to think I got a job because I was needed to fill a quota, but sadly I do believe they are necessary. Boys are boys, and in my own interest I’ll leave it there. I’m too tired for another spate of Twitter attacks. Because the way men (and sadly a lot of women) treat other women in the workplace is disgusting. Take it from a woman burnt! Current feminists? Where do I start? Twenty, 30 years ago, we had journalists like Mary Kenny and Nell McCafferty who fought for female equality and demanded equal rights for us. They protested, they probably smoked too many cigarettes on The Late Late Show and were ridiculed, but they highlighted issues and helped bring about change that I have benefited from. Nowadays, we see Miley Cyrus and Beyonce gyrate their crotches around towering signs that say ‘FEMINIST’ and I not only find it boring, but I find it sad. And seriously, how does Kim Kardashian posting a nude selfie on Twitter become a feminist issue?
These modern-day female icons are fake feminists. I don’t like putting women down and I applaud their success and would never begrudge it. But I would urge these women and all women to help their sisters out. You want to be a feminist? Surround yourself with more women and don’t be afraid to share the stage.
Do you think it can be unfair on men? How is anything unfair to men? It’s a man’s world. They don’t care about any of our rants. Mainly because most of them don’t listen . . . never have, never will.
I’m married to a man who doesn’t even listen to me. None of them care. I could dance naked on TV and he wouldn’t notice.
I could tell him I was taking a feminist stance and he’d mutter, “That’s nice . . . what’s for dinner?”