Let’s Calm Down About Hilary Mantel

If you didn’t know who Hilary Mantel was before now, all you need to know is that she’s a big, fat, barren, feminist turn-coat.

That is, if you believe what you read in the tabloids.

Mantel’s sin was to give a speech about the British Monarchy at the British Museum in which she made mention of Our Kate — or is it Their Catherine? —Middleton.

Hilary Mantel.Hilary Mantel.

‘Aren’t they nice to look at?’ Mantel said about the monarchy. ‘Some people find them endearing; some pity them for their precarious situation; everybody stares at them, and however airy the enclosure they inhabit, it’s still a cage… I’m asking us to back off and not be brutes.’

The speech, which has been published in the latest edition of the London Review of Books, provided a cogent, and beautifully expressed analysis of the way the media, the public and the royal family both objectifies and crucifies its members — particularly those with vaginas. (Yes, she dares to imply that royal women have vaginas).

Never ones for restraint and civility, the British press transformed her speech into a girl-on-girl catfight between the ugly, barren Mantel and the beautiful, pregnant Duchess of Cambridge.


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