feminism

It’s interesting for me to bring up a girl. You go to the toy store and the female characters there - Cinderella, the lady in Beauty and the Beast - their major task is to find Prince Charming. And I’m like, wait a minute - it’s 2005 ! We’ve fought so hard to have a say, and not just live through our partners, and yet you’re still seeing two-year-old girls with this message pushed at them that the only important thing is to find this amazing dress so that the guy will want you. It’s something my mum pointed out to me when I was little - so much that I almost threw up - but she’s right.

It’s incredible how nature sets females up to take care of people, and yet it is tricky for them to take care of themselves. Slightly to my astonishment I am becoming interested in women’s rights. Because of my mother’s own militancy - she wouldn’t enter the kitchen, I mean come on - I reacted the other way, adoring housework, knitting and sewing.

But recently I have been noticing how much harder it is for me and my girlfriends to juggle things than it is for men. In the 1990s, there was a lot of optimism : we thought we’d finally sorted out equal rights for men and women ... and then suddenly it just crashed. I think this is my first time in all the hundreds of interviews I’ve done, that I’ve actually jumped on the feminist bandwagon. In the past I always wanted to change the subject. But I think now it’s time to bring up all these issues. I wish it wasn’t, but I’ll do it, I’m up for doing the dirty work !

[Music about feminism] It’s definitely brewing inside me. Maybe if Medulla was my personal, idiosyncratic statement about politics, whatever I do next is going to be my eccentric view of feminism. It’s like any major upheaval, whether it’s the revolution in France or punk for me in the 1970s, you break up all the corruption and indeed up all the bad things, so you can start really fresh. But it’s the law of nature that it all settles again, so you have to keep checking yourself. You can’t ever say, "OK, we sorted out corruption and everyone is equal." So I might become a feminist in my old age !