Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Fay Weldon, please, just fuck away off.

Here she is again, old Fay, popping up in the papers to sell her new book by making some idiotic and controversial assertions (she certainly knows the value of a few column inches).

She has inflicted some of the worst novels ever written on the world (and I’ve waded my way through two of them). But she’s taken a break from fiction for her latest effort, ‘What Makes Women Happy’ - a book of advice from the venerable Ms Weldon to the younger generation of women today. Aimed, I suppose, at women like me.

But somehow, I don’t think I’ll be taking advice from a woman who reckons that rape isn't such a bad thing. (One of her male friends tried to kiss her in the back of a taxi once, so she knows just what it’s like.)

In her new book, she argues that women, if they so wish, should have a one-night-stand (just the one, mind). However, they shouldn’t tell their husbands, rather, they should live with the guilt. As the Guardian interviewer puts it: "Weldon thinks women should feel more guilt. It is good for the soul." This utterly bizarre reasoning is perhaps explained by Fay’s recent finding of God. Yeah, those deathbed conversions…

Some more advice on extra-marital activities:

"..if you want to have a family but you can't have a family and the only way is by going and shagging somebody else and getting pregnant because your husband can't, then you do it but don't tell him. He probably knows and doesn't mind and you all get on with your lives."


She also doesn't believe that women working is a particularly good thing, nor does she think that the female orgasm is all that important…

*tears hair out*


  • Special.

    I'm not going to spend any time coming up with a more considered response, as it'll make me angry.

    By Blogger Hannah, at 2:48 PM  

  • Aaagh!

    Fay Weldon is one of the most annoying people in existence.

    By Blogger Billy, at 6:24 PM  

  • I'm so glad you did this post. What is the matter with this woman? She wrote one good slogan (Go to work on an egg) and one good book(Down among the women) and male journalists have been giving her pages and pages of coverage ever since - in spite of her increasing obesity and digusting opinions.

    By Blogger KAZ, at 8:26 PM  

  • introduce her to Flatmate. they seem to be operating on the same wavelength.
    lordy, lordy, lordy. and to think all we have to put up with is Laura Schlessinger.
    btw, yer on! pink slips! quarter mile!

    By Blogger First Nations, at 8:31 PM  

  • Any woman who thinks women don't have enough guilt is clearly deluded and is obviously in the early stages of dementia. How do we shut her up or at least stop the medja listening to her?

    By Blogger realdoc, at 8:48 PM  

  • She's just a mad old mare who should be put out to pasture.

    By Blogger EmmaK, at 9:52 PM  

  • I'd find FW less infuriating if she wasn't constantly being touted as a pioneer of feminism. If Richard Littlejohn came up with this crap we'd just let it pass.

    Also, she's got that witless, girly voice. And one word... BVLGARI...

    By Blogger Tim Footman, at 2:16 AM  

  • Slightly off topic, but that first photo of her is what I imagine Lowry Turner to look like on Time Trumpet...

    By Blogger Kellycat, at 7:34 AM  

  • "I've always been several years ahead of my time. That's been my problem throughout life. People don't know it yet, but they'll catch up."

    *joins in with hair pulling*

    And she wrote that egg slogan? I hate that slogan. What's wrong with getting the tube like everyone else?

    By Blogger Annie Rhiannon, at 10:51 AM  

  • She's writer in residence where I work Spin.

    I think that says it all.

    By Blogger Robert A. Swipe, at 11:06 AM  

  • Can't you stick some arsenic in her tea Bob, when you're going round with your trolly?

    By Blogger Spinsterella, at 3:04 PM  

  • Perhaps I should try to capture my face - when I was a little girl under ten. Capture my innocent face when I was raped and give it to her.

    I just want to get that little girl and take her away and hold her so tightly. No-one can ever give me back my innocence. I look for it in words and still cannot capture it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:05 PM  

  • orgasm??

    By Blogger surly girl, at 9:20 PM  

  • um, for the sake of propriety, i should point out that my comment was on the post, not some horrible retort to the comment above. not that anyone thought that. i just worry, is all.

    oh lord. minefield. help.

    By Blogger surly girl, at 9:22 PM  

  • I read the article. I can't even be bothered to come up with a considered retort. She can just fuck off and die. 'It's not about power'. Hah.

    By Blogger belladona, at 11:11 PM  

  • "Writer in residence where I work"

    Surely that means she lives there?

    Does the last person out have to switch her off?

    By Blogger Tim Footman, at 2:04 AM  

  • Tim: Imagine it, Bob gets a call late at night, someone's left Fay Weldon on overnight. Again.

    She's liable to melt if you leave her on too long.

    By Blogger Billy, at 8:33 AM  

  • Spin,
    She's quite homely and has fucked up mentation.

    By Blogger Remiman, at 10:01 AM  

  • Have a one night stand and live with the guilt?

    Oh please. Either have a guiltless one night stand. Or don't have a one night stand.

    As an adult, I can decide which I want to do. (Readers of my blog will know, too...)

    And does she even know that infertility is largely a female problem? Sure there are some couples where the woman is laying eggs and the man is shooting blanks, but it's generally the other way round. Except for that miniscule proportion where the woman is allergic to the man she happens to be with.

    By Anonymous Gert, at 11:31 AM  

  • Gert - for a woman who is in her seventies and a professor, Fay Weldon doesn't seem to have acquired much knowledge about people or life.

    I'd like to see her confronted by an audience of rape victims rather than nice, polite journalists who allow her to get away with spouting such rubbish without contradicting her.

    By Blogger Betty, at 1:41 PM  

  • Not often that you see the words 'nice' and 'journalist' in teh same sentence in blogworld, is it?

    I think this is 'nice' in the sense of insipid, forelock-tugging and incompetent.

    By Blogger Spinsterella, at 3:51 PM  

  • Oh God, some people are trawling through my archives again.

    I do wish they wouldn't do that, I find it very unnerving.

    *clears throat*

    Announcement - New People - please doen't read the old stuff, it's all shite. Sorry.

    By Blogger Spinsterella, at 4:11 PM  

  • "Does the last person out have to switch her off?"

    Takes some doing too Tim, I can tell you.

    Bloody HRT. Wish she's switch to bromide...p.s. the early stuff is just as brill newbies. Go on, get her page count up - you know you want to...

    By Blogger Robert A. Swipe, at 4:27 PM  

  • Oh, upon further investigation, it appears to be all the same person.

    Hello Person who works for Primus Communications in Perth, WA! Lovely city.

    I'm faintly disappointed now it wasn't actually ten different people frantically reading August, then July, then June etc...

    By Blogger Spinsterella, at 7:09 PM  

  • My ex liked Fay Weldon. Say no more.
    In a celebrity death match with Germaine Greer, who do you think would win?

    By Blogger DavetheF, at 10:36 PM  

  • Spin, those inspired sweary true confessions of your early blog life were fantastic. Go on, give us another one!

    By Blogger DavetheF, at 10:37 PM  

  • "I'm faintly disappointed now it wasn't actually ten different people frantically reading August, then July, then June etc..."

    If it's any consolatio Spin, I did June, July, August of *last* year not long ago.

    I have to say - the early, funny ones were much better.. (Joke - that's what people say to me - but they don;t know how insidious this thing is, do they. How one minute you can be blogging as Robert Swipe and the next minute, you can't remember your 8real* name and you leave posts like this at 2.18 am on a Friday night...)

    The end can't be far off, can it Spin.


    p.s. The post with the spinster's moon was in no way aimed at you my sweet. If you read it as if the protagonaist was a male, it's closer to my life than yours, I'm sure....

    Hope there was no confusion - I deliberately dropped the capital S in the hopr that 'close' readers would immediately "get" that it wasn't The Spinster....

    Have a great w'end..

    By Blogger Robert A. Swipe, at 2:26 AM  

  • Re. Fay vs Germaine in Celebrity Death Match.
    Germaine would have her no question.

    By Blogger realdoc, at 12:13 PM  

  • I need a shower after reading this woman's opinions and assertions. Blah to Fay.

    By Anonymous Grins, at 10:08 PM  

  • Hi,

    I just stumbled upon this blog (a link from a link, etc.) and LOVE it. It's great, and funny, and very clever!

    I thought, in light of this post of yours, you might enjoy something I got e-mailed a couple days ago. It's an article from 1955 on how to be a "good wife". I was compelled to blog about it (how could I pass up the chance?).


    Anyway, great blog :)

    By Blogger LuluBunny, at 1:07 AM  

  • Look, she's not mad, she's just ahead of her time. She's already arrived at the next stage stage of feminism - all her detractors are simply lagging behind.

    By Blogger Larry Teabag, at 3:46 PM  

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