Kirstie Allsopp has made controversial comments regarding fertility and women to the U.K.'s Daily Telegraph.
Allsopp, a self-titled "passionate feminist," has suggested that women should get a flat, have a boyfriend and have children, before even chasing after a career. The 42-year-old television presenter made the comments while discussing being a mother and the advice she would give her daughter.
"Darling, do you know what? Don't go to university. Start work straight after school, stay at home, save up your deposit – I'll help you, let's get you into a flat. And then we can find you a nice boyfriend and you can have a baby by the time you're 27."
Her comments have enraged teachers across the U.K., as she went onto suggest going to university was a pointless endeavor.
"Women are being let down by the system. We should speak honestly and frankly about fertility and the fact it falls off a cliff when you're 35. We should talk openly about university and whether going when you're young, when we live so much longer, is really the way forward. At the moment, women have 15 years to go to university, get their career on track, try and buy a home, and have a baby. That is a hell of a lot to ask someone. As a passionate feminist, I feel we have not been honest enough with women about this issue."
She continued, "I don't want the next generation of women to go through the heartache that my generation has. At the moment we are changing the natural order of things, with grandparents being much older and everyone squeezed in the middle. Don't think 'my youth should be longer.' Don't go to university because it's an 'experience.' No, it's where you're supposed to learn something! Do it when you're 50!"
After the release of the article, Allsopp received a backlash of comments on Twitter, to which she responded: "I am NOT questioning anyone's choices, all I'm saying is women must have this debate & include young men in it, nature is not a feminist."
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