Fay Weldon: Feminism has made women into wage slaves, just like men
Posted in the US News Forum
#1 Dec 1, 2009
'Feminism has turned many women into unhappy "wage-slaves", with only the better-off able to cope with the exhausting nature of modern life, according to author Fay Weldon.
The novelist, a pioneer of the feminist movement, said the sexual revolution of the Sixties ended the requirement for women to provide "sexual, childcare and cooking services".
However, there were many drawbacks, not least the effect that the demands of feminism had placed on working women, she told the Richmond Book Now Festival.
"The downside of feminism is that women are now expected to go out to work, which some women would rather do than looking after the children anyway," she said.
"Once it was only the men who were wage-slaves, and now it's the men and the women too. You know, I'd really rather blame capitalism.
"Probably 20 per cent of women are worse off and the enormous number are better off.
She added: "I was never a good feminist. I never lived by my principles. It was a fib. I've sort of always been married. I had husbands and I picked up socks but actually, as my husband points out, he picks up the socks in real life."
Weldon held up Katie Price, the former glamour model Jordan, as a positive role model.
"It depends what you think the function of women is. If it's to look good, then she's fine. If it's to make a lot of money, then she's fine.'
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