Dear Mr. Dinsmore, Am I being naïve to suppose that you will read this letter or that it will matter at all to you? Probably. Considering that 135,708 people have signed a petition asking you to do away with the daily degradation in your newspaper that is Page 3 and still you have not responded, I very much doubt that this one letter will make you change your mind. But I'm going to try.
Having an interest in women and the issues that affect them has nothing to do with being against anyone, let alone men. Feminism is not unlike civil rights. When black people got the vote, white people did not lose the vote. It simply meant EVERYONE could vote. Same with feminism. Equality is not a finite resource.
Before entering Parliament I spent two decades working as a professional electrical engineer across three continents. Regardless of the geographic location or the size of the company it was always a predominately or all male environment. But it is only when I walk into a toy store that I feel I am really experiencing gender segregation. At some point over the last three decades the toy industry decided that parents and children could not be trusted to choose to what to buy without colour coded gender labelling.
I shift uncomfortably away from him, he appears to be aroused. From my vantage point alongside I can see the image of the girl better than I can see this guy's face but, I would guess that he is perhaps 40 years older than the girl in the picture. She looks like a fresh faced teenager, she could be his daughter. She could be his grand-daughter.
My mum always taught me that as women we need to fight for our rights and I have personally had to argue and battle against injustices big and small on an obscenely regular basis... But my everyday sexism, my healthy angry passion for equality, was shaken up beyond belief when a few months ago I visited Honduras.
What we can see in this study showing that more and more young women feel vulnerable, fearful and harassed is the tragic victory of Victim Feminism, of a feminism whose main aim seems to be to convince young women that life is hard, abuse is rife, words can harm, and being a woman is a really dangerous occupation.
I cannot pinpoint the moment I identified myself as a feminist or the exact moments that encouraged me to become one. Perhaps it was when I was a teenager and my boyfriend's fath er at the time was shocked at the fact I was a female who was unable to cook, or whether it was when a man masturbated in my direction on public transport
It is Blurred Lines' connotations with misogyny and sexual violence that have prompted the university boycotts. Social media is now rife with shouts of "censorship is not the solution" and "it's just a song" but I for one would absolutely support my university in banning it, and strongly urge them to do so.
If bashing equality-seeking movements is your thing, you'll already be down with the failings of feminism. Exclusionary, ineffective and irrelevant, we're a middle class movement which bolted the drawing-room doors against the masses as suffragettes, and has continued to alienate everybody with a load of intellectual blah-blah ever since.
For 43 years you have bullied women. You have served up bare-breasted young women daily for the sexual titillation and arousal of your male readership. You have belittled and dehumanised one half of the population to entertain the other half. And even worse, you have sold it as liberation and empowerment for women.
Women have so many things exclusively for their own gender: Women's Hour, a Women's Book Prize; the Top 100 Business Women, the Top 100 Powerful Women, Business Woman of the Year, the list goes on and on. I think it is time for the pink corner to recognise part of being British is our ability to poke fun at ourselves. That our differences make us interesting.
Since Marion Bartoli won the 2013 Women's Singles at Wimbledon last Saturday, the internet has been awash with analysis of the French star. But the vast bulk of the digital wave has been not discussion of her style, her power, her focus... and no coverage appears to have taken issue with the other party to the conversation: former world number one (female) tennis player Tracy Austin.