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HuffPost Conversation Starters: What Does Feminism Mean To Me Today? (LIVE BLOG) #HPFem

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Hello readers and welcome to our live blog, brought to you as part of our HuffPost Conversation Starters series: What Does Feminism Mean To Me?

Tonight HuffPost UK Editor-in-Chief Carla Buzasi hosts a discussion around modern day feminism at Cambridge University, featuring a panel including Claire Perry MP, Julia Simpson, chief of staff International Airlines Group and Lucy-Anne Holmes, founder of No More Page 3 campaign.

Lucy Sherriff, Students reporter and Brogan Driscoll, Lifestyle reporter, will be live blogging the juicy bits from tonight’s panel discussion and tweeting from @HuffPostUK using the hashtag #HPFem. You can also find us on @HPUKStudents and @HuffPoLifestyle.

Billions of people call themselves a feminist, however there is still much stigma attached to the term.

In a world where more women have the right to vote and there are more female business leaders than ever before, but pay discrepancies still exist, and inequalities abound, what does feminism mean to you?

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@ FelicityMorse : I hear you sister “@nsabrinem: "What does feminism mean to me today?" NOT Beyonce. Ever. #HPFem”

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Carla: Think we've changed a few minds here...

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Lucy: "Keep calm and rape a lot or keep calm and hit her t-shirts - they're available on Amazon. It took hours of complaining about this to take them off.

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"Page 3 has created a 'cor look at the tits on that' culture.

"We have to show it up as not normal behaviour. The NUS did a really good report on that.

"We've made this pack mentality that people do feel uncomfortable with but are too scared to get out of."

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Lucy: As women we are told not to get raped, but boys don’t get told not to rape.

Carla: As women, we are told not to get into unmarked black cabs - ridiculous.

Claire: I never thought I'd live in a country where a 12-year-old girl writes a boy's name on her chest and sends him a picture of it. Where a girl kills herself because her boyfriend made her perform a sex act on him.

Audience member: We need a change.

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@ TwizeTurner : @HPUKStudents I've been called a 'munter' and a 'scummer' in the street, it insults both my feminism and my femininity #HPFem

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Audience member: "Does feminism emphasise the difference between two sexes? Should we be blurring the lines between the sexes?"

Julia: “I don’t see feminism as a women’s issue.”

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We typed the word feminism into Google. This is what came up:

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@ RPAshbourne : @huffpostuk Do you think there's a difference between feminist and feminine? #HPFEM

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@ cambridgeunion : Lucy-Anne Holmes: In our dialogue, we don't even notice our ingrained values on gender - sense of entitlement about the female form #HPFEM

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@ TwizeTurner : @nixtawilliamson @HuffPostUK redefining will make people more willing to admit to being a feminist. Progress can then be made. #HPFem

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"The way my Dad talks to me is so different to the way he talks to my brother," says Lucy. "He tells me 'God, you look tired,' but he'd never say that to my brother."

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"Single sex education works better for girls. Boys do less well in a single sex environment," says Claire.

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@ leokirby : Does feminism exclude men from the movement? #HPFem

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Says Lucy. "Feminism is seen as a negative. Feminism is about making people feel as fabulous as they can."

Claire adds: "We want everyone to make their own choices and feel empowered. Even by being there Margaret Thatcher had an impact. Having a female presence makes other women more confident.

"Only 19% of professors are women. Universities should be looking at their own houses first."

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@ inkprogress : #HPFEM very relevant how men perceive the label "feminist" - some men seem to find women less sexually attractive who identify as "feminist"

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..Can sometimes get you into trouble, says Julia.

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Lucy: "Laura Bates from @EverydaySexism project is amazing. I've worked with her and she's really put feminism on the agenda."

HuffPost UK Lifestyle asked readers to nominate their favourite modern feminists and we weren't surprised at the volume of suggestions that flooded our Tweetdeck.

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Claire: “I think we have to talk about it again. You can’t stigmatise it, we have to start talking and you have to get celebrities coming forward.

“I really think that Britain have to take a global leadership role in what needs to be done."

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Lucy-Anne Holmes, founder of NoMorePage3, will be taking part in our HuffPost Conversation Starters panel on feminism, which is being held at Wilderness Festival.

The Huffington Post UK are proud media partners of Wilderness Festival. Check back here for more exclusive blogs, competitions and stories soon. For tickets to the event click here: www.wildernessfestival.com