This is a guest post by Eloise who blogs at Letters from The City.
So we recently had the Tory lord Howard Flight, a typical cash for peerage lord appointed after raising millions for the conservatives, who has had to apologise over his vile remarks that poor people on benefits will have more incentives to ‘breed’.
so i suppose i should not have been too surprised yesterday to read something equally as repugnant in the ‘style’ supplement of the sunday times*.
as anyone has ever read ‘style’ will know, there is a ‘table talk’ section where the homophobic, imperialist, racist a.a.gillwrites a restaurant review. i absolutely despise gill, who last year wrote about how he had shot a baboon in order to “get a sense of what it might be like to kill someone”.
this week however, no a.a.gill as he is ‘away’, probably out shooting welsh people. instead, readers were treated to a patronising review of nando’s fast food chain by kate spicer, who describes herself as a neurotic, alienated food ponce (sorry – no links to the article thanks to the delightful paywall).
hmm, so far so mediocre, but something made me carry on reading the article to the end, where after describing the various celebrities that have been issued with a nando’s black card, enabling them to eat there for free all the time, spicer finishes her article with the words “meanwhile, back at shepard’s bush, we sat next to two mean-looking pram-faced girls, feeding themselves and their litter of kids”.
because to rich people who think they are better than everyone else, what could be more insulting than young mums going out for supper with their children. how dare they? shoo, back on your second-hand couch with your iceland pizzas, plebs, before we catch your poverty. poor people don’t eat for pleasure, stupid! they feed, like the bloodsucking vermin they are, yah.
i’m sorry spicer would rather be eating with prince harry, who has been seen eating in nando’s with his “chelsea chums”. i can only imagine prince harry would have been described as ‘dining’ rather than “feeding himself”.
and “litter of kids”? really? young mums get quite enough abuse and misplaced hatred without yet another attack (from another woman).
this repulsive remark, and that of lord flight, is symptomatic of the conservative distain for people less well off than they are, and is of little surprise when coupled with their regressive and dangerous policies.
also in ‘style’ this week was an article aimed at women on how “tending to our lady gardens just became a full-time job”[sic]. i am sick of articles telling women how we should shave, wax, dye and now jewel encrust our vaginas – because they are so repellent otherwise? i’ve blogged on this before, and it makes me angry that the pornification of women has got to the point that young girls are embarrassed about their vaginas looking ‘weird’, and women say they would be too embarrassed to have sex if they hadn’t waxed. couple this article with one on ‘fat freezing’ (even the woman writing the article said it was horrible!) and you end up with a pretty nasty supplement.
not my style.
*disclaimer – it was not my copy, i don’t buy the times!