As long as we live in a world where 9/ 10 rapes go unreported, we will need platforms that allow discussion and we need to keep on giving a fuck because that's what equality really means, caring and looking out for each other, not fighting against each other and giving up in the face of adversity, because the battle isn't won , not quite yet.
No, not Farage. I think the Ukip party leader has had his fair share of headlines this past week. That other F word: feminism. For a word that's been around a good long time, it's gotten a whole lot of airtime over the past seven days. I can get quite heated on the topic. (I'm a woman who picked her university based on the fact Germaine Greer was a lecturer there.) In the past seven days there have been plenty of people, both male and female, ready to argue the toss. Personally, I subscribe to the Lena Dunham school of feminism...
I can't believe that when I used to hear the word "feminist" in my teens, I used to think I'd have to get hold of a fleece and dangly earrings to 'join' ... Now I'm a bit older, I'm proud to call myself a feminist - and to take action too, because sticks and stones may break the bones of misogyny, but words will never hurt it.
Thinking about recent local events, it is disturbing in the extreme that women have been called 'whore' and 'slut' by their male Union members when attempting to speak in debating contests. Here in the 21st Century the association between a woman's open mouth and her 'open' sexuality are again, however subconsciously or otherwise, being disseminated.
Since the late 18th century, the prospect of full and equal citizenship has animated generations of feminists. Yet citizenship is a troubling proposition for feminism because whilst it promises inclusion it always also enacts exclusion. Citizenship simultaneously creates insiders and outsiders - citizens and aliens, as well as good citizens and bad citizens.
I've started asking women I know if they consider themselves to be feminists. Whilst doing this I've discovered two things. Firstly, the question causes a little flicker of embarrassment in me. It's almost like asking, were you a virgin when you got married? Or something similar to that type of anachronistic nonsense. Secondly, most women I've asked seem similarly uncomfortable and are often pretty reluctant to identify themselves with Feminism.
Northern Ireland is known for its history of religious and state conflict; a recent scar that most of us living here would wish healed. So strange then that the group most disregarded during the Troubles, yet vital to its peace process, i.e. women, should be the subject of unity between the extremes of both Catholic and Protestant religious voices this week
Step forward the No More Page Three campaign, which has recently exploded onto a laptop near you. It has already received thousands of comments from its signatories explaining why they have signed. They range from simple statements, such as ''Because boobs aren't news", to more disturbing ones like, "no male friends who look at these pictures say 'I respect her'"...
It may seem that I am stating the obvious here, but judging by things I've heard recently a reminder may be in order.
Whether it's Chris Evans saying that women are much better at making beds than men or a woman's voice suddenly rising above the murmur on the bus, saying "well duuuh, all women love shoes", everyone seems to have an opinion on what women are like.
Kate may represent an antidote to the increasingly overly sexualised advertising that new generations are exposed to, but she is in fact just another example of a female stereotype to be aspired to. And almost as if to emphasise this, her sister is the other end of the scale, just an alternative form of objectification.