Class snobbery masquerading as feminism

Via Damian Counsell, this video:

What this tells me is that feminism in the UK is very much a class issue (as is pretty much everything in Britain). Here we have two women with northern accents doing a job which puts them neck-deep among Britain’s working class, a job they enjoy. Then we have Sally Howard with a home-counties accent who I expect has a university education in a pointless field and works a non-job surrounded by people who think exactly like her. Well, whaddya know?

Since leaving university, Howard has worked as a “charity publicist, copywriter and media consultant for Oxfam GB”, authored “a socio-sexual travelogue investigating Indian sexuality from the open carnality of ancient Hinduism, via the repressions of the Raj, to modern-day Delhi rape uprisings”, and freelances as a “travel and lifestyle journalist” and “investigative and social trends journalist.” Sadly Howard’s LinkedIn profile doesn’t tell us what school she went to, because I suspect it would be a posh private one: her whole profile reeks of upper-middle class privilege bankrolled by a wealthy father.

What strikes me about the hectoring, condescending, dismissive tone adopted by Howard towards the two walk-on girls is how old-fashioned she appears. For all her talk about “outdated” practices and her doubtless conceit that she exemplifies modern women, she sounds for all the world like the harridan wife of a hen-pecked vicar in the 1930s lecturing the lower-classes on morals and the virtues of good housekeeping.

There’s a reason for this: scrape away the virtue-signalling, underlying politics, and competition for sex, and we’re left with good, old-fashioned class snobbery. It’s always been there, and probably always will be. The only thing I don’t understand is how the two northern lasses remained so calm and polite.


54 thoughts on “Class snobbery masquerading as feminism

  1. “I bet she roasts her spuds in goose fat”: as do we. Do you expect us to throw our goose fat out?

  2. When the harpie said something about how British culture has changed and by way of example said “we don’t now cook with lard”, I almost spat my pork pie out.

    Yeah, that one was lost on me too. I use it to make shortcrust pastry as well as Yorkshire puddings and toad-in-the-hole.

  3. Dearieme,

    It’s not that goose fat is wrong per sei, it’s that she can’t see the equivalence (taste aside) between one type of animal fat and another. Many people don’t cook a goose but still buy goose fat to cook with, but would consider buying lard Guardianingly unacceptable.

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