Emer O’Toole, a “Professor of Performance Studies,” says that now that she’s a feminist, she can no longer enjoy Thomas the Tank Engine, along with TV, monogamy, and cats.
In a largely ignored article in the Guardian, O’Toole outlined several things that feminism has “ruined” once she joined the movement.
One thing that O’Toole has had ruined is her cat. She worries that she may be “imbuing her with all sorts of patriarchal assumptions about what girl-cats should look like.”
Another is bras, another is monogamy, and yet another is television. Of monogamy, O’Toole writes that, as a feminist, “you begin to feel that a social system in which people claim rights of sexual ownership over each other’s bodies, and get very angry when these exclusive rights are violated, is a system so deeply imbued with patriarchal capitalist ideology as to make gender equality impossible.”
O’Toole writes of television, “I stopped watching television in 2012 when I realised that I had written five letters of complaint to television stations and advertisers in the space of a month. My letters said things such as, “I do not need a flock of women in bikinis to sell me contact lenses.” I had reached peak-feminist.”
She also can no longer enjoy Thomas the Tank Engine. O’Toole laments, “there weren’t any girl engines, only Annie and Clarabelle, Thomas’s carriages, who were naggy and annoying.”
“I don’t want my hypothetical but adorable offspring to learn that boys are the engines and girls are the carriages,” she frets.
O’Toole also writes that she can no longer enjoy her bike or Picasso because of feminism.