British Presenter Advises Young Women to Forget University and Have Babies By the Age of 27 Years (VIDEO)By Staff Reporter, UniversityHerald Reporter
Kirstie Allsopp, the 42-year-old British television presenter, is facing heavy criticism for advising young women to find a boyfriend instead of attending a University.
During an interview with "The Telegraph" Monday, Allsopp suggested women to have a baby by the age of 27 as fertility declines significantly in their mid-30s.
The "Location, Location, Location" star had her first child at the age of 35 years and the other at 37 years.
In the interview, Allsopp also said that if she had a daughter, her advice would be: "I would say, "Darling, do you know what? Don't go to university. Start work straight after school, stay at home, save up your deposit - I'll help you, let's get you into a flat. And then we can find you a nice boyfriend and you can have a baby by the time you're 27,"" Independent reports.
"Don't go to university because it's an "experience". No! It's where you're supposed to learn something! Do it when you're 50!"
Her talk about quitting studies and having babies has not gone well with certain sections of the highly-educated audience, who claimed that the presenter is still stuck in the past.
Jo Heywood, headmistress of the girls-only Heathfield School, said that her lecture about finding suitable grooms and family planning is actually demeaning to the generation - which is more career-inspired, Telegraph reports.
Conservative MP Angela Bray described Allsopp from the 1950s' era, Daily Mail UK reports.
Psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos said that just because women have ovaries, it doesn't mean they have to trade it with education. In fact, women should be more encouraged to complete their higher education in order to be self-reliant, self-sufficient and self-dependant.
There were also certain others who stood by Allsopp's view point.
"Problem women face is everything today is flexible apart from our fertile years," @griffin_clare tweeted.
Despite being disproved for her comments, Allsopp remained firm on her point and said that women should be aware of the "fertility window" while they are planning higher studies or career.
"Still pleased I raised the issue of the fertility window. It is scary being out on a limb and some folk being vile but majority sensible," Allsopp tweeted.