Apparently Theresa May’s trousers are causing people to pass remarks:
It’s just over a fortnight since Theresa May gave an “at home” interview to the Sunday Times, telling the paper about her childhood and explaining how Brexit keeps her awake at night. But it was her choice of trousers – which cost a reported £995 – that provoked most discussion.
“I don’t have leather trousers. I don’t think I’ve ever spent that much on anything apart from my wedding dress,” former Education Secretary Nicky Morgan told The Times, adding that the trousers had been “noticed and discussed” in Tory circles.
Great. We’ve been battered over the head for the past decade by relentless campaigns telling us that women deserve the same respect, pay, and opportunities as men and holding open doors is sexist hence all-female shortlists are necessary and glass ceilings must be smashed, etc. Yet here we have a female MP publicly criticising another’s woman’s wardrobe choices.
There is a school of thought out there that says that women cannot but help themselves from fighting like ferrets in a sack, and even attaining senior corporate positions or high office doesn’t stop them from indulging in petty sniping at one another as if they were still in school. This latest episode is hardly going to prove them wrong, is it?
But the story, inevitably by now dubbed “trousergate”, was not going away, and at the weekend the Mail on Sunday revealed a terse exchange of text messages involving Mrs Morgan and the PM’s joint chief of staff, Fiona Hill.
Two middle-aged women engaged in a text-spat over another woman’s trousers? The Patriarchy is kind of redundant at the moment, isn’t it?
While the Amanda Wakeley-designed “bitter chocolate” clothing has made the headlines, the spat plays into a wider row, largely about Brexit.
Mrs Morgan, who was sacked as education secretary by the PM when she took over in Number 10, has been vocal in calling on the government to set out details of its EU exit strategy, despite its refusal to offer a “running commentary”.
Well, yes. Rather than deal with the main issue at hand, Woman A has taken to making snide remarks about Woman B’s clothing. Hands up those who are surprised at this?
I’ve said it before: the biggest enemy of a smart, ambitious, professional woman is another smart, ambitious, professional woman. How many male MPs made public comments about May’s trousers? Those who are forever ramming diversity policies down our throats and forcing corporations to shoe-horn women into ever more senior positions might want to stop and think about this for a minute.