Along with dishwashers and tumble driers, microwave ovens and supermarket ready meals, disposable nappies have arguably done far more to liberate women from the drudge of domestic work than any feminist campaign of recent decades. Now this progress is under attack – not from dyed-in-the-wool traditionalists, but from zero carbon zealots.
You can have that Green world where we all do more for ourselves, work more at home. Or you can have the economic liberation of women. So, which do you want?
For it is that automaton of household labour that allowed the liberation.