Kirstie Allsopp: uproar as TV star says women 'love' chores

Women appreciate 'repetitive' tasks like ironing because it keeps them 'sane', says gaffe-prone presenter

LAST UPDATED AT 15:30 ON Mon 6 Jan 2014

KIRSTIE ALLSOPP has done it again. Just days after infuriating Christmas flood victims by admonishing their lack of "Blitz spirit", the TV presenter has suggested that many women secretly love doing domestic chores. 

In an interview with the Western Daily Press, Allsopp says she finds mundane tasks such as ironing "therapeutic". If the property expert had limited her comments to her own household peccadilloes, that might have been the end of the story.

But the co-presenter of Location, Location, Location warmed to her topic, observing that working mothers find everyday tasks such as washing their children's clothes and cleaning the house, a way of staying "sane".

"I'm absolutely convinced that those repetitive tasks that one does everyday, organising and regularising one's home, and keeping it tidy, is enormously therapeutic," Allsopp said. "I know it is for me, and I have many, many working mum friends who feel the same."

Allsopp has become British television's "queen of domesticity" in recent years thanks to programmes such as Kirstie's Homemade Home, Kirstie's Handmade Britain, and Kirstie's Crafty Christmas. She has "repeatedly criticised" those who admonish women for preferring to look after a home than going out to work.

Her latest comments about domestic chores triggered an immediate backlash.

The Daily Telegraph's Cristina Odone writes that ironing "fills me with self-loathing". Why? Because a "woman who finds herself ironing knows that she has not attained the high-powered job that excuses her from doing anything domestic", says Odone.

Emma Barnett, also writing in the Daily Telegraph, says women don't like people talking on their behalf as if they're "one homogenous herd". She points out that Allsopp admitted in her interview with the Western Daily Press that she doesn't have to do the ironing, but dabbles because she finds it therapeutic.

"Do I really need to state the obvious at this point?" asks Barnett. "Kirstie – millions of women and men don't have a choice about the ironing, tidying or cleaning. It's not an opt-in situation."

Allsopp's comments received little support on social media. "Ms Allsopp should really speak for herself," tweeted the Lib Dem peer Baroness Hussein-Ece. · 

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Oh for heaven's sake.
Does Christine Odone think every person (woman) has to have a high powered job? Who would she buy her food and fuel from if all the women were above working in shops, and garages etc... there are tons of dreary jobs out there, and I doubt all the people doing them are filled with self loathing that they are not Nicola Horlicks (with her problems).

KA is right. There is a form of satisfacton doing the ironing. It is like those silly video games. Once you get going it isnt so bad. I am not a domestic goddess, far from it, I have been 'sorted out' by one of those tidy TV shows, but my friends and I all admit a bit of mindless tasking is relaxing.

But on the other hand, get the family ironing their own stuff if they want smooth clothes that much. My son was ironing at 12.

I love women who love to do chores.

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Kirstie Allsopp: uproar as TV star says women 'love' chores.
One should give credit where credit is due. Women make good wife’s however to extrapolate this to other fields of human endeavor care must be taken. The given example of ironing is good as long as the telephone does not ring during such as this could result in a burnt face.

That will be the 'Honourable' Kirstie Allsopp, daughter of the 6th Baron Hindlip and general woman of the people...

Real women are too busy working to 'enjoy' household chores. Maybe Kirsty is revealing the fact that she has never actually 'worked' a proper job in her life.

From pampered child to nepotisitc TV 'presenter' - now wonder she loves chores as it's the only thing 'useful' she has ever done in her life!

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