While the motivational visit of Michelle Obama to the Mulberry School for Girls in Tower Hamlets gave wives a truly cool celebrity image this week, there were other female politicians doing exactly the opposite.
Submissive wife does not fit with exuding leadership skills for high public office. Hilary Clinton is rebranding herself as just `Hilary’ as much to distance from her `home baked cookie’ moment, as to distance herself from having supported her husband over the war in Iraq. While today Yvette Cooper had a dig at Justine Miliband and Samantha Cameron by claiming she found posing beside husbands after political speeches as outmoded and uncomfortable.
There’s no right or wrong model. At least we are fortunate in this country to mostly have choice over our gender politics. But, like it or not, marriage and relationships are a big deal with women. As much so probably as having a family, forging a career or making money. Most women secretly hope they can have the lot, without confessing on top of it they also crave a bit of romance and a spot of adventure too.
With Islamic State stirring up the latent desires of young women in the west for traditional ideals, it is clear however they think they have found enough of these elements missing from modern life in the UK to exploit for their own purposes. Girls, knowing what other girls want, are the ones doing the `grooming’ or the recruiting. To date, an estimated 50 British females are known to have joined the terrorist group to become some of the notorious Jihadi brides.
With it being clear now that the strategy is focused females on females, and the issue of love and being a wife rather than a five figure salary the irresistible lure, it asks the question. Why is this happening?
While there has long been growing concern about how extreme left wing feminism is pitting women against men and vice versa, we now have Isis getting involved and using the fall-out to fuel its extremist propaganda.
This is by no means a feminist only issue, but it is up to female politicians in particular to champion the wonderful liberated way of life both men and women, married or not, enjoy here in the UK. And it is up to men to support them.