Eilis O'Hanlon: Here come the girls, straight out of Stepford
Women truly are their own worst enemies when it comes to their own sex, writes Eilis O'Hanlon
SCIENTISTS have finally discovered why so many women remain second class citizens in our supposedly brave new 21st century world. The reason is ... women themselves.
The feminists have shut themselves off in a ghetto -- turn left at Whinge Corner and head straight down Special Pleading Avenue, you can't miss them --whilst many more traditional women continue to act as if they believe even the Stepford Wives were taking that dangerous Women's Lib nonsense too far. In between the two extremes, it can often feel as if there is no room to breathe, though which is worse is purely a matter of timing and taste. Since it's Christmas, it's the latter who are most infuriating right now.
Personally, I blame those seasonal ads for Boots. You know the ones. "Here come the girls, da da da, da da da, da da", featuring lots of dolled up women going all Mission Impossible as they plan the perfect Christmas under the noses of their uninterested male partners: wrapping presents as if it was a military operation; shopping as if their lives depended on it. The 'Here Come the Girls' campaign presents an image of women as superficially powerful and in control, but deep down they're as much slaves to tedious domestic duty as their great grandmothers ever were.