Margaret Thatcher: The Iron Lady
Margaret Thatcher is a hoss. I don’t necessarily agree with her right-wing views, but she gets mad respect for her ability to transcend the sexism in the conservative party.
Many people had no idea what they were in store for, especially since the Prime Minister she replaced (Ted Heath) had become very unpopular with the people of England. Some people were afraid of her, and others didn’t have immediate respect since she was not from a well-off family and her voice reflected that. She fought for things in Britain that any Republican would in the United States: cutting government spending, a strong national defense, moral decency, etc. I am sure the left wing wasn’t always happy with her decisions, but her ideals of change couldn’t be denied.
Although informative, this documentary is clearly in praise of Ms. Thatcher. I would have liked to hear a little more from the other side and their perceptions on what she did or did not do for Britain. The contributors to the documentary did mention that Ms. Thatcher became more and more authoritative as the years went on. Some people began to paint her as crazy or out of control, but I can’t help but wonder if her gender had something to do with it.
I am not attempting to come at this review from a crazy, femi-nazi standpoint, but would she have been under this much scrutiny if she were a man? It is almost as if the contributors of this documentary aren’t astounded at her ability as a prime minister but just astounded at her ability as a female prime minister, as if the job is hard especially for a woman, and not just a hard job in general. I believe the term that best describes this is the term Hillary Clinton uses in her memoir: “talking dog syndrome”. One doesn’t care what the dog is saying, just astonished that the dog knows how to talk at all.
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