The TUC is to consider a motion that denounces the use of high heels as part of a dress code, as a result of the effect it can have on women’s feet. This has resulted in one Jenni Russell denouncing the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, proposers of the motion, as joyless utilitarians who give the Left a bad name. One would be forgiven for thinking that this is the sort of thing which might come straight from the pages of the Daily Mail. Well guess what? It does.
As one expects, the Daily Mail article is laden with distortion, such as claiming that the TUC want to see heels banned because they are demeaning to women, and because they are sexist. As the above linked-to press release from the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (y’know, the people we pay to look after our feet) outlines, they simply want the TUC to demand that employers look into the health effects of high heels as part of a mandatory dress code. Hardly militant feminism.
The liberal intelligentsia seem to have bought this distortion hook-line and sinker. The real kicker, of course, is that this is exactly the same nonsense that was trotted out last year, when the TUC released guidelines on safe footwear as a result of studies into the health effects of high heels and other stylish but painful footwear. Irony of ironies, though, the Daily Mail itself led the charge for safer footwear last year, with an article entitled “High heeled horrors”.
Presumably last year there was less capital to be made from denouncing the TUC as a PC, loony Left group of men intent on diluting life of all fun.
I would now like to take the opportunity to issue my own health warning. Being a part of the liberal intelligentsia is bad for your health. As has been demonstrated by Jenni Russell on Comment is Free, and will no doubt be repeated throughout the interwebz by everyone who thinks the Left really do idolize unisex grey jumpsuits and universal buzzcuts, the liberal intelligentsia has no credibility, originality or even basic research skills. This is bad for their health because, if they keep publishing such guff, and I meet them, I’m going to kill them.