Today, Women Must Work AND Weep
For men must work, and women must weep…
In my last post I related how my long-held opinion, first inspired by an anarchist friend and colleague, that the fluoridation of water supplies amounted to compulsory mass medication and was a gross breach of individual rights, had recently been vindicated in a well-documented study by the University of Kent. This showed that fluoridation frequently causes underactive thyroid, leading to weight gain and other unpleasant consequences. It inhibits the production of iodine, essential to a healthy thyroid.
I’m also delighted to note that another of my prejudices—one shared by numerous Popes including Pius XII, and by Article 41.2 of Bunreacht na hEireann—that young children are best cared for in their own homes by their mothers—has been endorsed, at least in practice, by a committee of the British House of Lords, no less. Its report said there was an “inherent tension” between the aims of helping mothers in particular pursue a career, and improving their children’s development, adding somewhat acidly that ministers did not seem to recognise the problem. The peers called for more support to enable parents to bring up their children at home rather than relying on nurseries.
Just as I was about to post what I’ve written above, my eye fell on a piece in Fr Brian McKevitt’s consistently-professional freesheet Alive, headlined “Mothers Work While Children Reared by Paid Strangers”. This quoted the Mail on Sunday columnist Peter Hitchens to the effect that taxpayers are subsidising “a network of day orphanages where children are detained without trial for long hours, while their mothers are chained to desks miles away”.
Mr Hitchens—brother of the late militant atheist Christopher Hitchens and a devout Anglican—was commenting on a survey for the insurance company Aviva, showing that thousands of mothers who go out to work end up little or no better off financially:
A significant number of homes, 4%, lose money by having both parents at work. Many, 10%, gain nothing from this arrangement. Yet they still do it. Many more gain so little that that it is barely worth the bother. The cost of day orphanages, travel and other work expenses cancels out everything the mothers earn. One in four families has a parent who brings home less than £100 a month after all the costs of work have been met.
He blames this situation on “a near-totalitarian propaganda machine” which pushes its views in school classes, TV soap operas and countless advice columns, so that young mothers feel ashamed of being at home with their small children. Mr Hitchens says this campaign, waged by weirdo revolutionaries since the 1960s, succeeded only because big business realised that female staff were cheaper and more reliable than men. He considers it would be much better for everyone involved—children, parents and neighbourhoods—if these mothers stayed with their children.
But because of a cynical alliance between Germaine Greer and the fatcats of the Corporations, and because almost all women in politics are furious believers in nationalised childhood, we spurn this wise policy, even if it costs us money.