Women With Influence

Last week the post I’d written last year, Don’t Fear the C-Section re-surfaced itself on Twitter courtesy of Kirstie Allsopp. She’d come across it via a hashtag I assume, read my piece and deemed it worth a re-tweet to her 399k followers. How terribly exciting for me and very flattering of course. I’ve watched her television programmes for years and was quite taken aback by such a compliment. Fully aware that this would be the first and last time my blog received any level of notoriety from the outside world, I allowed myself to get a bit giddy about it, told anyone who would listen and congratulated myself with a large glass of wine at the end of the day. Oh yeah.
Then I got to thinking about why she’d done that, what was her motivation. Why does she care what I think about C-Section births? Kirstie Allsopp is typically known as a broadcaster of property programmes and has made a living selling vintage home ware and interiors. So I had a good google on her and discovered that it was a topic close to her heart, something she’d written an open letter about a few years ago. Having had two Cesarean births herself, she’d taken an exception to the “too posh too push” stigma and spoken out about how we should be better prepared for the eventuality of a C-Section birth, as now 1 in 4 results in one. Turned out she’d started a bit of a debate. With many women supporting and thanking her for speaking out and others slating her for promoting unnecessary birth intervention. She’s not afraid to speak out about other women’s issues either from her opinions on marriage and banning homework. Through to acknowledging your fertility window and considering putting that first before your education and career. You may or may not agree with her opinions but at least she has some and there relative and real. I found it really refreshing to see a woman with influence sparking a discussion about something important that actually relates to my life.

We spend so much of our lives listening, following and admiring well known women who aren’t actually advocating for us in anyway, its bloody fabulous when one of them does. Take Katie Hopkins for example, (I know boo-hiss) at least she’s out there saying something about something. I don’t agree with everything she says but I value that she’s out there having an actual opinion of her own. She’s a woman with considerable influence, talking about real things, giving her honest unfiltered opinion and she wont apologise for it either. Yes, she’s controversial but isn’t that the point – she uses her influence to get people talking and debating and thinking. So many women with powerful influence aren’t using it for the good in any way. They are just trying to sell us the product that is themselves and their disgusting perfumes that smell like Febreeze dipped in marshmallows (I’m talking to you Britney). Can you imagine Cheryl Cole or Kim Kardashian ever talking about anything important, anything political? I’m sure they make huge donations to charities and participate in televised appeals but a few words on a critical subject could bring awareness or educate someone. Do you think Cheryl or Kim will ever retweet my article about George Osborne taxing my vagina?

No, nor do I (hehe).


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