TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp yesterday claimed that women should ditch the books and bypass university in favour of boyfriends and baby making.
Allsopp told the Daily Telegraph that if she had a daughter she would tell her “Darling, do you know what? Don’t go to university. Start work straight after school, stay at home, save up your deposit - I’ll help you, let’s get you into a flat. And then we can find you a nice boyfriend and you can have a baby by the time you’re 27.”
The middle class mother's advice is somewhat patronising to the younger generation. Waiting to go to university till a later age suggests that for the most part of a woman's life she should be dependant on a man who will supply her with money and sperm, while she waits to start her education and career at a later date as obviously her desires outside of family life are far less important than a man's. How could us women forget?!
The 'Location, Location, Location' host went on to say that “'Don’t think my youth should be longer. Don’t go to university because it’s an “experience”. No, it’s where you’re supposed to learn something! Do it when you’re 50!”. She is suggesting the fun side of university that involves being young and free, being put outside your comfort zone, meeting people you never would of otherwise and learning for the first time to live without your parents is all meaningless lessons and should come second to your womb. Her advice would instead be to hop straight into bed with an already successful man; that is much more worthwhile.
What if the girl never finds said man to support her, how long should she wait? Should she accept a position doing a role she doesn't enjoy, living in a flat funded by Mummy, and wait patiently until her Prince Charming comes and sweeps her off her feet. The whole story just seems completely ridiculous and almost as if it is a story from The Daily Currant, this is what I thought it was when my Mum told me in a recent phone call, but no it's all completely true. I think it proves that Allsopp's opinions should be pigeon holed to the property market and she should never ever become a Careers advisor!
What do you think of this controversial opinion?