Professor Jacoby, a social scientist, said: "The rural idyll is very nice so long as you fit into certain categories, but problematic if you don't.
"You should be married, have children, and live in this conservative family unit."
Well, there's a statement I can quite agree with. I don't think she's talking about her own views, though.
For the study, the professor's colleague, Francine Watkins, spent some time living in Stonycroft, a village with a population of 450, somewhere between London and Birmingham.
The village's name has been changed to protect the identities of those interviewed.
Life in the 16th-century village revolves round the thatched inn, church and village hall. Most of the residents are white. Three-quarters are married or co-habiting.
Heaven forfend! White, married heterosexuals! Such wicked people can't help but be prejudiced.
But, to return to Professor Jacoby's methodology: it seems that her colleague, Miss Watkins, went to one village, found a few malcontents, and then used their whining to smear everyone who lives in the countryside. Not, perhaps, the most accurate method. Rather like tossing a coin once, and then declaring that a coin will always land heads up. But more inaccurate than that.
Obviously the learned professor really earns her £60,000 or so of taxpayers' money per year.