"We have to cross boundaries in order to pose difficult questions and get a discussion going."
Victoria Bateman was criticized for attending a Cambridge University dinner last Tuesday in a nearly transparent outfit to promote feminism .
(Read her response to Pluralist)
At my #Cambridge College's end of term supervisor dinner tonight wearing feminist fashion by @theuniformtalks #JennaYoung - with some added marker pen! Cambridge supports #MyBodyMyChoice. Do you? #feminism #liberty #DeedsNotWords pic.twitter.com/JWZuxWQdn6— Victoria Bateman (@vnbateman) June 12, 2018
Bateman's tweet drew a flurry of criticism from commenters on social media who argued that her chosen venue of protest was inappropriate.
I'm aware it is and agree academic settings should be places of scrutiny and learning and agree that it is your body your choice. I disagree that it's the place to display full frontal nudity for a point that could be made elsewhere, I don't think we'll see eye to eye there.— Greco Del Toro (@GrecoDelToro) June 17, 2018
Another commenter accused Bateman of "attention seeking" and questioned the efficacy of her gesture.
Imagine a future employer see this? Instead of talking about feminism/choice/liberty, try volunteering with a local women's charity instead of turning up half naked at a formal event to get attention. This is just attention seeking and achieves nothing for women.— Claire Lagan (@LaganClaire) June 14, 2018
Bateman has spoken out on the sexualization of the female body before:
Describing a nude portrait of herself, painted by the artist Anthony Connolly, Bateman stressed the difference between Connolly's depiction and "
The implication, according to Bateman, is that "people simply do not imagine that behind each nude is a thinking and breathing human being."