Fair Point: We want too much

Little Christine Eccles likes to help her mother Doreen with the washing which is much easier now the family have a washing machine. June 1958. Picture Mirrorpix
Little Christine Eccles likes to help her mother Doreen with the washing which is much easier now the family have a washing machine. June 1958. Picture Mirrorpix
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Women are wishing their lives were more like the ones led by their mothers and grandmothers.

They’re moaning they have to work too much and don’t get enough time to spend with their children.

What is to blame for making women so unhappy? Feminism.

So, the battle of the sexes was fought in vain, then.

All those valiant women who strived to get us the vote and out of our domestic shackles; the Dagenham workers whose strike led to the equal pay rights we now take for granted... It’s all their fault that we’re miserable as sin.

Talk about ungrateful. The equality gap has narrowed from chasm to snicket; women have better career opportunities and earning power than ever before. There’s still a way to go. This week it was revealed women retiring this year expect to live on a third less than a man’s retirement income. But we’re complaining juggling career and family makes us exhausted and unhappy.

So says the Paradox of Declining Female Happiness survey, conducted in 2009 but still trotted out as true testament to our feelings, most recently by that silly Bach’s Rescue Remedy stuff you drip on your tongue and supposedly all is right with the world.

It reports women of all ages and income are less happy than women were 40 years ago - and are less happy than today’s men. They either want the men to help more, or want to give up work.

There are days when I wished I’d married a millionaire and could gad around having facials. But I like being a cog in the office wheel. I love making my own decisions - and my own money. Don’t you?

No? Then yours is a classic case of the grass always being greener. Be honest; are you driving yourself to ‘have it all’ because that’s what Ms Jones down the cul-de-sac appears to have - and do you ever stop to appreciate what is yours already?

Then there’s this obsession (recession-fuelled?) with bygone times. Sales of cake stands and teasets are going through the roof as modern women strive to bake their way to granny’s happiness. A home-cooking revival has to be a good thing. It’s healthier and cheaper and cooking can de-stress any career-crazed soul. But dream on if you think women in bygone days loved nothing more than making a daily batch of drop-scones. No microwave, self-clean oven or Dyson – a coal fire to clean out and a twin tub to manhandle. They hated domestic drudgery and longed for a career like the one their husbands had – the one you’ve got now.