Joanna Trollope tells us that we’re really still a very patriarchal society:
Joanna Trollope on families, fiction and feminism: ‘Society still expects women to do all the caring’
Hmm, well, it depends actually. Who is it doing that expecting? Society? Or just the people themselves?
That is, should we reify those individual decisions of 66 million people abut who does what into some overwhelming force that determines? Or instead accept, well, there are different views in that 66 million and whatever happens – whatever society is – is going to be emergent from the interactions of those views?
The thing being, she then tells us that men and women are different, have different interests, act out in different ways:
Trollope is the queen of contemporary women’s fiction and seems to be wired to the anxieties of a devoted, predominantly female, readership. The complexities of life and love cascade through novels that have confronted lust, adoption, divorce, infidelity and the changing nature of the modern family.
These books for the wimmins, they deal with different things than the books for the men, written by different people, appeal to entirely different readerships:
She discusses her colourful upbringing, why men don’t read her novels – and why we need to stop judging
Folks are different, see?
“But I’ve just read Jonathan Coe’s Middle England and, although it was of course extremely good, I think it had a very male perspective.”
One of the axes upon which people differ being by gender.
Or as we might put it, the entirety of Trollope’s working life is dependent upon these gender differences. But the gender differences in caring are imposed by society are they? Instead of being just another aspect of these differences?