Kirstie Allsopp, her of Allsopp family fame and the one that does craft shows on TV at Christmas, has stirred things up today.
In an interview with the Telegraph she said that if she had a daughter, her advice would be: “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.”
Where I do a start with a quote like that? University shouldn’t have to be a necessity to get you a job that enables you to save for your own property, but in London it almost certainly is. There’s nothing wrong with nice boyfriends and babies at the age of 27, but why put a deadline on one of the biggest choices a woman is ever likely to make?
I hate her patronising tone and the assumption that it should be natural for parents to be funding their children at the age of 27. There’s nothing wrong with following the path she’s laid out but that’s an individual’s choice, not a pathway we should be encouraging girls to follow over and above any other pathway open to them.
No babies + no university degree. Babies + university degree. No babies + university degree. Babies + no university degree. Whatever. Who cares if it works out well for the individual?
Let’s just encourage women to do what they want, when they want, if they want.
More from the Guardian here: http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2014/jun/02/kirstie-allsop-young-women-ditch-university-baby-by-27