Can you imagine for a second the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher wearing miniature black pants, bright red leather thigh boots and pouting seductively in a scorching hot desert while katrina high-kicking shirtless misogynistic mansplaining men in a display of male disempowerment and femme fatalness!?
In the words of Maggie herself… NO! NO! NO!
Back when The Iron Lady ruled the UK with her tight manicured fist, there was more of a chance of seeing Mrs. Thatcher in a blue embodied power suit then a tight union jack mini dress (pre Brexit).
But regardless of the feminine attire, the lady was most certainly not for turning and was the embodiment of patriotism and girl power, before girl power was even a thing/marketing ploy.
If a woman was ever to be made out of steel, then Margaret Thatcher would possess that iron constructed armour with the rigorous soul of logical leadership encompassed all into one.
The first time you probably heard the term “GIRL POWER!” was when you first heard Posh, Ginger, Scary, Baby and Sporty scream out loud from the top of their harmonised digitally altered auto-tuned lungs. The Spice Girls were all about individuality and feminism, just with a lot less bra burning and white heterosexual man lynching.
This was the 90’s and Buzzfeed didn’t exist, (thankfully).
The Spice Girls may have created the Girl Power phenomenon, but former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher certainty pioneered what it was like to be a strong, influential and powerful woman when the Spice Girls were just little spice fetuses singing “Spice up your life” into their umbilical cords.
You could say that Thatcher was as an unsung heroine of British feminism, and her legacy gave birth to a new generation of young females who just like the daughter of a local grocer, defied all the odds.
It’s hard to imagine but once upon a time in Spice World, those rebellious Spice Girls were actually massive Tories.
In 1996, the Spice Girls were interviewed for The Spectator about their politics, and they had some pretty fierce views. This was the time when a celebrity could share their views on the single currency, and call John Major a “boring pillock” without fear of reprisals and Twitter petitions.
“We Spice Girls are true Thatcherites. She was the first Spice Girl, the pioneer of our ideology – Girl Power” said Geri Halliwell, the then 24-year-old red-haired lead singer decked in her trademark platform boots, black stockings and hot pants.
Apparently their V for Victory was “Churchillian” and not a peace sign. And there’s us thinking it was about female self-expression.
Mel C thought Tony Blair was “charming”, but Geri said “his hairs all right, but he’s just not a pair of safe hands for the economy”.
How right would that statement turn out to be!?
Victoria added that the Spice Girls would “never vote Labour” and “If we were a party, there is no way we would form a government with Labour.”
We are sure that Nigel Farage would be proud to hear that those patriotic Spices were true Eurosceptics.
“The whole European federal plan is ridiculous. We are patriotic. The single currency is an outrage. We want the Queen’s head – or the king’s head if we have a king – on our own coins.”
“But the single currency is more important,” continued Victoria. “The Euro-bureaucrats are destroying every bit of national identity. Those new passports are revolting, an insult to our kingdom, our independence.” Geri added “We travel throughout Europe. All those countries look the same. Only England looks different.”
They continued their swipes at the E.U, calling the unelected bureaucrats “some bloke in Germany making decisions for us”.
When Baroness Thatcher passed away in 2013, Geri remained loyal to the former Iron Lady by dedicating a tweet to her political hero “Thinking of our 1st Lady of girl power, Margaret Thatcher, a grocer’s daughter who taught me anything is possible…”.
However, a backlash from angrily (assumingly left wing) Spice Girls fans caused her to delete the message and apologise, but later, Halliwell said she regretted it and should have shown the courage the Iron Lady had in her political career.
Now that is the true definition of female empowerment, apart from deleting the message, but at least she regretted it.
Margaret Thatcher would go to serve as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990; the Spice Girls reigned supreme as the righteous leaders of pop from 1996 until 2000.
Girl power has since devolved into false rape accusations, trigged radical feminists and erm… Lena Dunham. In a world where feminazi’s don’t shave their armpits in opposition of the alleged gender pay gap, can we just STOP right now, thank you very much!?
Story by Michael Lee
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