Take a recent incident in her life in which her BMW broke down. She was stranded and upset. None of the young men who passed by stopped to help her and a few even abused her. And so she is upset that young men are no longer chivalrous and lack the masculine code of their forefathers:
Let me tell you, dear ladies: the age of chivalry is dead...
It is young men — up to the age of 40 — who behave like louts.
I had thought it was just my ex-husband who used to allow me to put petrol in the car while he sat warm in the passenger seat, but if my experience yesterday morning is anything to go by, it’s a generational phenomenon.
As Top Gear’s James May said this week, young men have lost their masculinity, in that they can no longer fix things. And this loss of manners is far worse.
Young working British men: you should be ashamed.
Did this sort of foul-mouthed male really win us the war? We don’t need more aircraft carriers, we need men who are not rude, ignorant pigs
Liz Jones never stops to consider why this transformation might have occurred. Why would an older generation of men have behaved with concern and courtesy toward women whilst the younger one doesn't?
Could it be because of the behaviour of women like Liz Jones herself? Here, for instance, is how Liz Jones describes her treatment of men who do try to take care of her BMW:
I still, to this day, whenever I am told my BMW needs a new tyre, say, yell at the hapless man serving me: 'You wouldn't dare treat me this way if I were a man!'
As for her husband, she expected him to be a new man, in touch with his feelings, who would take a back seat to her as an independent woman:
New men, metrosexual men, men who are in touch with their feelings, who are willing to take a back seat, supporting and nurturing you, don't exist.
They might pretend to be able to cope with you but they are, instead, storing up anger and will hate you for being fabulous, for being independent, for not needing them in your life but just wanting them to be there.
No wonder hubby sat in the car while Liz got the petrol. He was, after all, expected to "take a back seat" in the marriage.
Liz Jones can't have it both ways. She can't behave like a harpy toward men and then expect that men will be inspired to treat women with chivalry and courtesy. Nor can she proclaim that women don't need men and that men should learn to live with this and become nurturing metrosexuals, whilst at the same time collapsing in tears when her car breaks down and no traditionally masculine man stops to help her.