Is it international get-women-back-in-the-kitchen-week or something? From Carla Bruni pitting feminism against family life to the Queen of England’s motherhood comments to some Phyllis Schlafly wannabe on Fox News ranting about the ‘war on men‘ — there seems to be a preponderance of working-women shaming and 50s mystique yearning this week. And it’s only Monday.
The former French first lady’s comments come from an interview in the January issue of French Vogue magazine, which comes out Dec. 1. In it, Bruni declares feminism obsolete and professes her love for the simple pleasures of home:
“We don’t need to be feminist in my generation,” she said. “I’m not at all an active feminist. On the contrary, I’m a bourgeouis. I love family life, I love doing the same thing every day.”
So do I! And I AM a feminist! So … maybe this is a classic case of apples & oranges, Carla? Like, see, if I said:
“We don’t need to be feminist in my generation. On the contrary, I’m a Gemini. I love blueberries, I love going for long walks on the beach.”
That really doesn’t make any sense, does it? Since feminism has nothing to do with blueberries, beaches or astrological signs and all. SAME PRINCIPLE with being bourgie, darling. Liking or disliking family life is a non-issue in terms of the need or lack thereof for feminism.
[Also, I love that we don't need feminism because ... Carla Bruni doesn't? Second bulletin to Bruni: There are women with different lives, issues and problems than your own.]