History writing at its very best
8 hours ago
'You not only teach and attempt to educate a child; you conduct a kind of jungle warfare on her behalf - and the better-looking the child, the more slender are her chances of survival, for the partisans of ignorance enfilade your route in greater numbers
The touts for dead-end jobs slink along beside you...the miasma of the picture-papers taints the air, the sticky webs of early marriage are spun close by the track, hen-witted mothers dart suddenly out of the bushes...'Fifty years on, it seems all those hazards are still out there, compounded by the insidious drip-feed of Facebook and the mass media. A generation of feminists overturned the real inequalities years ago and there's nowhere left to go but backwards.