Look what feminism hath wrought

One is home to an array of luvvies and fine restaurants. The other is semi-suburban and most definitely not star-studded.
Yet while the trendy London borough of Islington has been voted the UK’s worst place to be a woman, the Scottish commuter belt of East Dunbartonshire has been named the best.

Decade upon decade of fighting, marching and screeching for women creates a worse environment than the standard Catholic tinged bourgeoisie.

Well, that’s a surprise, isn’t it?

21 comments on “Look what feminism hath wrought

  1. Looking at the criteria I woudln’t be suurprised if it was the same result for men, especialy fathers. Who wouldn’t want these:

    All 380 UK local authorities were measured across eight categories – income, housing, well-being, safety, education, life expectancy, environment and culture – to give a ‘holistic analysis of women’s men’s quality of life’.

  2. That’s a bit flawed in that it gets some things the wrong way around.

    Moving to West Oxfordshire doesn’t get you a better salary. You move to West Oxfordshire when you’ve got a good salary working in London, Swindon or Oxford. And women do well there because they were/are pretty and married a successful man. MILFs of Waitrose and all that.

    So: be pretty. Don’t not be pretty.

  3. “Islington, where Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn lives, rated poorly for well-being, environmental quality, housing affordability and safety.”

    I wonder what it is they have in Islington that makes women feel unsafe, that is simultaneously absent from Dunbartonshire..?

  4. JuliaM: I always scan the local Islington deli for Diane Abbott before sitting down. I do not want to be put off my food.

  5. You will note, of course, Islington North has had the Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn as it’s MP for the past 34 years. Islington South is the preserve of Labour blubber mountain Emily Thornbury. And that Islington Council has been a Labour fiefdom for decades.
    Socialism delivers!

  6. I don’t understand the logic of great for families being a component for a women only list. Is hubby living on the oil rigs or something?

  7. “Islington, where Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn lives, rated poorly for well-being, environmental quality, housing affordability and safety.”

    I have a mate who lives in Islington, she thinks it’s okay and much better than some of the neighbouring boroughs.

  8. I always scan the local Islington deli for Diane Abbott before sitting down. I do not want to be put off my food.

    If she was in there, chances are there’d be none left.

  9. @TimN
    Like many London boroughs, it very much depends on which part of them you’re living in. Barnsbury,, site of Blair’s original demesne before he upmarketed to Bayswater’s very twee. Cannonbury’s OK. As is down towards Clerkenwell. But there’s parts of islington are rapidly turning into 3rd world shitholes. Sorry. Have become increasingly culturally enriched. And some of the council enclaves have been no-go areas for the non-foolhardy for generations..

  10. Interestingly, about twenty or thirty years ago (maybe more) Islington was a festering shithole and would have rated far higher on this index, having lower relative property prices and ‘gender pay gap’, so this makes the survey a load of made up bollocks.

    Also the enormous house prices suggest that lots of people want to live there, of which I assume roughly half will be women. The survey may say they want West Dumbartonshire, but their revealed preferences say Islington.

  11. You could have cobbled together a survey in 1970 with shit questions which ‘proved’ that life was better in East Germany rather than West, despite the Communists having to build a fucking huge wall to keep the population in and shooting anyone trying to cross over.

  12. Tim N: she’s frequently sighted. They’re generous with their grub. With the gentrification of Dalston I hope she won’t have to waddle so far.

  13. Although the survey questions don’t actually allow this, I had hoped this was evidence for my theory that the reason left-wing women hate men so often is that they associate with left-wing men, who treat women in the way that our favourite feminist authors so happily describe as a norm, and the nature of the political bubble is such that the women assume that if the ‘good’ guys are like that, other men are worse.

    It turns out though you can reach the same conclusions about Islington by manipulating statistics as I did from reading Guardian articles. Who knew?

  14. Some of the “worst” gender pay gaps can be found in the places where the elite live, the husbands making enough money for the wives to be able to choose work that they find pleasant, or to choose not to work at all.

    The “best” gender pay gaps (sometimes with women outearning men – you go girl!) can be found in places where a weak economy and social dysfunction has sidelined men as providers.

  15. My eldest has just moved into a flat in Stepney Green. On arrival I thought I had made a wrong turn and had somehow ended up in downtown Rawalpindi

  16. Milngavie, Bearsden and “close to several areas of beauty such as Loch Lomond National Park and the Campsie Fells”: who in God’s name wouldn’t prefer it to some London slum?

  17. I suspect that if you are a one-legged mixed-race lesbian feminazi then Islington is a wonderful place to live.

    Other women, maybe less so

  18. Rob nailed it:

    The enormous house prices suggest that lots of people want to live there, of which I assume roughly half will be women. The survey may say they want West Dumbartonshire, but their revealed preferences say Islington.

    That’s surely just the revealed preference of people with lots of money and a desire to be near well-paid jobs? The revealed preference of e.g. single mothers on housing benefit would be very different.

  19. @Henry Crun – Stepney Green is just up the road from a great art house cinema (Genesis) where I take my kids. The 17 years we have lived nearby have seen a change from mostly “Asian” to mostly “Asian” but with an ever increasing proportion of women with covered faces. It has gone from one sighting a week to five or six a day. Plenty of cultural enrichment going on but now the immigration service are raising cash in hand businesses and restaurants there is a bit less perhaps.

    All of London is challenged for quality of life if you are not on good wages. I really don’t understand why people stay when they are on 20-50k a year. The only way it can work is with subsidised “affordable” housing for a select few on the basis that London needs local workers. What London needs are market prices for housing and labour rather than social subsidies.

  20. I put a single parent in Islington with 1 child into a benefit calculator – good job earning 44k annually, but savings less than 6k.
    She would get £943 a year in Housing Benefit. Unbelievable.

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