That damned Angel in the Kitchen is invading our boardrooms and battlefields! Oh noes!

So – like the Victorians before him – Clive Hamilton sees women’s role as moderating the worst excesses of men. What’s the point, he asks, of women stepping out of the kitchen if they can’t be all sweet and nice and fill our boardrooms and parliaments with rainbows, lollipops and purring kittens.

So the far-reaching social change envisaged by feminism in the ’60s and ’70s attains its pinnacle with targets to put more women into boardrooms and cabinets. But why bother putting women into boardrooms if the corporations they run continue to despoil the environment, evade their taxes and pay their chiefs obscene salaries?

What is the point of women in cabinet if, to get there, they must be fed into party machines, then extruded as those who can be trusted with levers of power, competent managers of a dysfunctional political system?

And rainbows, lollipops and kittens – not to mention women – have no place on the battlefield! He goes on:

One day, when we have been shaken from this collective reverie, we may find ourselves asking what it means when those who had once pacified the beast have gone off to join it.

Truly, it seems we haven’t gone far beyond the concept of the ‘Angel in the Kitchen’ if we are looking for women to be the ‘Angel in the Boardroom’ or “Angel on the Battlefield”.

Let’s drop the gender essentialism, shall we?


3 Responses to “That damned Angel in the Kitchen is invading our boardrooms and battlefields! Oh noes!”

  1. 1 Twistie Friday, 30 September 2011 at 11:06 am

    I particularly love that he has chosen for me what my ambitions ought to be, and how I must approach whatever profession I might wish to follow purely by what I zip into my jeans.

    Mr. Hamilton, I am a person in my own right. I have my own priorities. I have my own preferences. I have my own values. It is not up to you to inform me of what they are, whether they overlap with your assumptions or not.

  2. 2 Linda Friday, 30 September 2011 at 11:44 am

    He’s right. There’s no point in allowing non-male people into positions of power because they deserve it. They can only REALLY deserve it if they are morally superior to men, and force men to behave themselves. OTOH, all men have to be is not stupid or bad. They are responsible for nobody’s behavior or morals but their own. If that.

  3. 3 Anna Monday, 3 October 2011 at 9:53 am

    I cannot think of anything coherent.


    How is it that the worst of the sexism against men seems to be from misogynists? Oh no! Feminists expect you to act like human beings! Thsoe bitches!

    But a misogynist believes you are no better than dogs to be controlled by these “angels of the Kitchen”?


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