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The latest episode of Archetypes examined how “crushing” the weight of expectations can become for women.

In chatting with guests including her old friend Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, wife of Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, the Duchess warned against the “immense” pressures to be a good wife or mother.

Dammit, you’re one of the most privileged people on the planet. Stop damn whining, woman.

19 thoughts on “Sheesh”

  1. If she really had to work, she wouldn’t have time to whine

    Harry should have had her cooking and cleaning, and permanently pregnant, that would have shut her up.

  2. the “immense” pressures to be a good wife or mother

    How dare we expect wives and mothers to be good.

    Personally, I’m a bad person, and so are you (probably, maybe you’re a saint, idk). That’s why I need shriving for my many, many, Bad Fire tempting sins. But my sin is my own failing, not yours, and not “society’s”, and I don’t think we should accept bad husbands and fathers as if that was ok.

    So what’s wrong with expecting people to be kind to the people they’re meant to love? Yes, living in a society is a pain in the arse, but it’s better than not living in a society.

  3. Steve

    As the ‘Milk Snatcher’ said – ‘There’s no such thing as society’ – hope the weather in Moscow is keeping warm….

  4. VP – I am concerned about the fuel and wood situation in Blighty, a quiet dacha in Siberia sounds lovely right about now. And cake.

    I think we’ve been through a period where too many people have been given to understand that if they have a problem, it’s the government’s job to cope with it. ‘I have a problem, I’ll get a grant.’ ‘I’m homeless, the government must house me.’ They’re casting their problem on society. And, you know, there is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look to themselves first. It’s our duty to look after ourselves and then, also to look after our neighbour. People have got the entitlements too much in mind, without the obligations. There’s no such thing as entitlement, unless someone has first met an obligation.
    – Margaret Thatcher, epic Prime Minister

  5. What is wrong with Harry? A bloke with that much money shouldn’t really have ended up with this as the best option. There are plenty of dim Sloanes who would be happy with a nice house in Windsor, a nanny, spending their days doing charity luncheons.

  6. Other than when she’s trotted out for election photo shoots you wouldn’t know Trudeau had a wife based on the absence of media coverage of her.

  7. In other news, Greta Thunberg is calling for the overthrow of capitalism. Who’d’ve thought. The capitalism that has allowed her to keep warm, eat food, and expect to live past the age of 30.

  8. BniC:
    Yes, the Sophie trajectory was a strange one. In hi first campaign, the Dauphin trotted her out constantly – she was on magazine covers, and interviewed by everyone who counts in the MSM. Then suddenly (maybe after the India dress-up tour?) she vanished. She has not been more than fleetingly since, and only comes up as an excuse: “my wife has covid, so I had to prorogue Parliament.” I thought it was because she finally got fed up with being a show pony, but who knows?

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