Jen Brister: Under Privilege
- Brian Donaldson
- 25 August 2019
This article is from 2019
A loud hour about kids, parenting and a socially-aware Scandi teenager
After an hour in Jen Brister's company, it's possible to come away with the sense that she regrets becoming a mother. Her twin four-year-old boys are 'entitled bellends' who she fears will turn into Game of Thrones-esque villains given that they are already displaying attributes which has led to one being dubbed 'chauvinistic', and the other 'misogynistic'. Staggering right along on the edge of sanity, Brister still believes that now has never been an easier time to be a parent, with all the facilities and child-friendly areas that exist wherever you turn. But this kid-centric society doesn't quite chime with her own ponderings over physical punishment of children and the utter horror of 'the playdate'.
Brister's style is to let things simmer away as she sets up a notion or a routine before allowing herself to explode with rage at the ludicrous nature of culture and society. This technique does wear a little thin after a while, and the gurning and bellowing could happily come down a notch without incurring any negative impact on the fine material she has assembled here.
There is some brief respite from all the parenting woes as she takes aim (loudly and aggressively) at the nonsense spouted by conservative analyst Toby Young over the achievements of Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg in helping push climate change to the forefront of the public's consciousness. But before too long, we're back at the coalface of child-rearing with her fractured nerves coming to the surface as she unleashes another torrent of provocations.
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