​"We have to cross boundaries in order to pose difficult questions and get a discussion going."


Victoria Bateman was criticized for attending a dinner at her Cambridge University last Tuesday in a nearly transparent outfit to promote feminism

The words "My Body, My Choice" were visible through the "x" outfit worn by Bateman, a fellow in economics at the University of Cambridge in England. She said on Twitter that "behind every naked woman is a real person." and that society's association of the female body with sex leads to the oppression of ​women


(Read her response to Pluralist)

Bateman's tweet drew a flurry of criticism from commenters on social media who argued that her chosen venue of protest was inappropriate.

Another commenter accused Bateman of "attention seeking" and questioned the efficacy of her gesture.

Bateman has spoken out on the sexualization of the female body before: In 2016, Bateman protested the EU referendum result by writing "Brexit leaves Britain NAKED" across her breasts. 


Writing in The Guardian in June of 2014, Bateman argued that she "posed nude to raise questions about the depiction of women and challenge the association between the ​female body and sex."


Describing a nude portrait of herself, painted by the artist Anthony Connolly, Bateman stressed the difference between Connolly's depiction and "most contemporary images of nude women." Characterizing the work as an image of a "real woman" unadorned by "fake implants, false nails, fake tan, or other types of aesthetic treatments," Bateman suggested that viewers might be shocked to learn "that the naked image stood before them is an intelligent woman." 

The implication, according to Bateman, is that "people simply do not imagine that behind each nude is a thinking and breathing human being."