7 British women on the importance of their queen

Poppy Jamie (31): ‘The Queen is very important for British mental health’

‘By making mental health issues a topic of discussion I would lower the threshold for mental help. And by offering mental health assistance to people who do not have money for therapy or who need help at night. That’s why I wrote a self-help book.

“There’s more talk about mental health issues now than ever before – it’s amazing. But we are also more stressed than ever. And there is not enough money. Now you get reimbursed six free therapeutic sessions and then you have to be suicidal to get more therapy.

‘I prefer to stay away from the discussion about money. For me, it’s about education. If we teach children how to maintain their minds, how our psyche works, then people can solve their problems on their own. It is preventative.

“The Queen is very important to the mental health of the British. People do not like change and it is a constant. And an apolitical symbol of love and humanity and virtue. Her lifelong commitment to others is an inspiration to many. Also to me.

“I do not know if the Queen has ever seen a psychologist. I think the church offered her what psychotherapists offer us now. Prince William and Catherine have also meant a lot. They started a suicide prevention line and were open about their own mental struggles. , so people realized, it does not matter who you are, we all struggle to be human. ”

Soma Sarah (23): ‘The queen is also a victim of our rape culture’

‘I wanted to create a safe place for survivors of sexual violence and intimidation where they could tell their story anonymously. Our mission is also to expose and eradicate the culture of rape. I do not think I will be able to do that in my lifetime because the power structures have been around for centuries. But I can start.

“When I first used the word rape culture, it aroused a lot of resistance. I’m talking about a system, a whole culture that allows rape to exist. It is about attitude, norms and behavior. It is about normalizing misogyny, sexism and dehumanizing individuals. Also the whistle, non-believing victims, not prosecuting the perpetrators and hardcore porn, all this leads to a climate where criminal acts can take place. The culture of rape is in education, justice, politics, parliament.

“We have now collected 50,000 experiences from survivors on our website. And meanwhile, the word rape culture has become commonplace and the problem is recognized. It is the subject of national debate and part of the schools’ curricula.

“The Queen, like everyone else, has a responsibility to listen to these stories and acknowledge that they are part of a rape culture. At the same time, as head of state, she has a great responsibility to set the standard. To my knowledge, she does not comment on sexism. She is even a victim, because she is objectified: We do not see her as a person, but as a symbol. ”

Gabby Edlin (35): ‘When Charles becomes king, women will not notice the difference’

“I was hoping to be able to close our organization within ten years because then the government would have taken over this task. It was too optimistic. It is now six years later and we have made some progress, but the current government does not care about women, let alone poor, menstruating women. So I do not know when we will become redundant. It’s slow.

“I chose the name Bloody Good Period because menstruation is so taboo, the only way to talk about it is through humor. We do not use euphemisms, we are honest about it. We say do not enjoy your period! For many of us, having a period is not comfortable. But we can enjoy talking about menstruation. It connects women.

“The queen is a woman, but she does nothing to help women. It is there to protect the status quo, and the status quo is not good enough. Women die in this status quo due to domestic violence, poor health care. Meghan Marklea [de vrouw van prins Harry] has drawn attention to menstrual poverty, and I have great respect for that. But she is no longer in the royal family.

“When Charles is soon king, women will not notice the difference. I wonder if a monarch has the freedom to be a feminist. I think it is very difficult to be born as a human being in such a role. I do not envy the queen. But I’m not going to wave a flag at her. ”

Sarah Turner (55): ‘I hope I get old for a while’

“Women own almost half of Britain’s wealth. And yet only about 9 per cent of investment in new technology companies comes from women. In this world, men talk to men who invest in men. It’s hard to break that status quo. We would like to make women aware that such opportunities exist.For women would certainly like to invest, but they are more aware of the risks than men.The private investment sector is lagging behind in terms of liberation.

“The Queen is not a role model for me. Because her function is hereditary, it is difficult to compare with her. But her dedication to putting her obligations above herself is extraordinary. She does not even think about retiring at an age where many of us have long since retired. I hope I can get her energy at her age. “

Nitu Bajekal (60): ‘I’m definitely going to a street party in honor of the Queen this weekend’

‘Women are starting to get a little more open when it comes to their genitals and everything that has to do with them, but to what extent it is still very different from topic to topic. Menopause and incontinence are a little less taboo than they used to be, but when it comes to painful sex, for example, we still have a long way to go. Women will not complain, they will not be a burden to their doctor, they make themselves small.

“I just stopped working at the hospital because I want more information. I saw a big gap between doctors who only prescribe medicine and, on the other hand, wellness gurus who say it’s all about your lifestyle. Both mean something. Six pillars make the difference: What you eat, whether you exercise enough, how you sleep, whether you experience a lot of stress, whether you feel part of a community. And what medication you use, and whether you drink or smoke a lot.

“I have little interest in the royal family, the colonial past has left painful scars on many Indians. But I admire the queen. If you look at the six pillars, I also think she’s fine. She does so much for society , and she’s going to seem like she can handle her stress well. She’s recently stopped drinking alcohol, she’s worried about her family, and she loves her dogs. Indians here often feel British anyway. I will definitely be going to a street party this weekend. ”

Baroness Helena Kennedy (72): ‘It’s good that we have a woman in such a high position’

‘This year I will be in the business for fifty years. When I started, less than 6 percent of the lawyers were women. There were plenty of offices that would not hire women at all, and if they did, they were expected to perform family law. Divorce, juvenile justice, that sort of thing.

“Now, more than half of our law students are women, a phenomenal change. Even if you still find discrimination in the law. It is still mainly men who hold the highest positions and who organize the judicial system. We’re not done yet. In general, misogyny in society seems to have increased, also due to social media. Women are told that they are too fat, too ugly, not wanted, it damages their self-esteem.

“I’ve never heard the Queen talk about such matters. Yet I think it’s good to have a woman in such a high position for so long. It shows that women can be a source of wisdom, strength and courage. But the Queen is not a real women’s champion, such as Camilla, Prince Charles’ wife. She makes a big point about domestic violence and women’s equality. †

Margaret Drabble (82): ‘Unlike politicians, the queen retains her dignity’

‘Before the pill was invented I had three children, after that no more. That invention made such a big difference to women’s lives, to their views on work, on having children, on abortion. At least a lot has changed. I remember my dad saying to me when I was a teenager, ‘You can become a professor if you want. But Prime Minister, that’s probably not the case. ‘ Now we know it was possible with Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May.

“Women may have too high expectations these days. Of course, they should serve the same as men and not approve of bullying or constant comments about your appearance in the workplace. But everything seems to be sensitive now, even a greeting or a smile on the street Recently a man approached me on the bus, he was of Jamaican background. He said I was wearing such a beautiful dress. I told him he had such a beautiful dark voice. I got off the bus very happy It’s a shame to take everything from someone else as an attack.

“It is good to see the Queen preserve her dignity in a world where politicians behave shamefully. It strikes me that lately she has only made things she enjoys. She goes to horse races and flower shows, but she misses political events. I think she only goes out if she really wants to. She is right at her age. I also only do things that give me energy. ”

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