This idea that universities must become 'safe spaces' free of dissent or discussion is infantilising an entire generation of students. Staff put content notes on lectures, but you cannot study history without learning about genocide, mass rape and religious wars.
Chinese women can't rely on the government to come to their aid. But when the government does the exact opposite, and actually arrests them, the situation gets a whole lot worse. China's current leader Xi Jinping has intensified a crackdown on dissent.
An education system that actively choses to value the voices, practices and methodologies of privilege is damaging to everyone involved, but particularly to students from marginalised groups. The need for a free education comes directly out of this: education should be a source of liberation, not oppression.
The year 2015 is going to be a cracker for feminism. A renewed enthusiasm for women's rights and even a campaign to remove VAT from sanitary products. An exciting time. But let's take a moment to think about something which leaves many a feminist - and I count myself as one *punches air* - with a profound sense of unease.
Feminism only has a bad reputation among those who don't understand it, and so the choice is as follows: do we make a concession to people who don't like the word, by rebranding it as "gender equality"; or, do we insist that people educate themselves before criticising the movement - and thus reclaim the word Feminism for what it really stands for?
There was only one thing to do: shout all my questions at Caitlin like a madwoman and hope that she would save me. Save me and like me.
I nearly choked on my coffee last week when I read an article in the Washington Post entitled "Why I hate Sheryl Sandberg?" How could this be? Isn't she the bible for all smart women my age? Didn't I internalise her mantras? Preach her words to my friends? Quote her stats to my husband? So how could this be?
Neon Moon's body-positive, un-photoshopped ads are great. I love them. But we need to stop throwing around the word 'feminist' as some sort of watered-down synonym for 'good-for-women-in-some-way-ish'. And we really need to think before slap it on products.
Sure that other girls around us were tired of being underestimated too we set out to create a platform to celebrate femininity and creativity- because quite frankly, we were drowning in it. Why shouldn't there be a sweet little spot for girls doing their thing that was cooler than LinkedIn and more career-focused than Instagram?
What I've began to realise over the last few weeks is the bigger picture. If I'd been in that crowd as teenage girl aspiring to work in the game...would it put me off? Quite possibly. Would I want my eight year old girl to witness it and believe that it was acceptable for her to be verbally abused due to the fact that she was a women? Absolutely not.
Humanising the job and joining the dots between engineering achievements and the teams involved would be a step in the right direction.
25,000 men have signed a pledge "Never to Commit, Excuse or Remain Silent about Violence against Women"- of course it should be 20 million , but it's a start, and we have 150 grassroots Ambassadors promoting discussions of the issues across the UK.
I'm currently exploring coming of age films for my film festival The Bechdel Test Fest which has got me thinking about how we understand the world though the university of Hollywood. When asking myself - what have I learnt through cinema?
If the worlds we choose to conjure there don't have women in them (and in particular those who don't happen to be white, size 8, under 35, or able-bodied) isn't it a disappointingly skewed and now long out of date depiction of humanity we are reflecting?
At the last election 9.1million women didn't vote. To put that in perspective, that's more than all the women and girls in London, Manchester, Brighton, Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds, Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast not voting.
For the next generation of millennials, calling yourself a feminist is just not enough to push change forward, it's about how we effect change. We need to woman up, take the lead from Sheryl Sandberg and actively lean in in the workplace and find our voice.