"Women themselves try to undermine and discredit those of us who make decisions that differ from the norm."
What surprised Cambridge Professor Victoria Bateman was not the amount of criticism she received, but how much of that criticism came from women.
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“I believe that fundamentally every woman should be free to do what she wants with her own body - whether to cover or uncover, to control her fertility or not, to be a home-maker or to pursue a career, and to monetize her brain or her body," said Bateman.
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
"My Body My Choice should be the mantra for everyone," she summed up. "It sounds simple enough, but, increasingly, it's a phrase from which people tend to pick and choose - to pick aspects that are important to them personally whilst ignoring those that are equally important to other women."
Bateman argued that to fight this trend, society must recognize its root cause: "T
"They deny that sex work could ever be voluntary," said Bateman.
Among her fellow academics, her statement was received with encouragement. Not so much among others.
It's the latter that disturbs her.
"If for centuries women's bodies have been used and abused for other people's benefit," said Bateman, "why shouldn't a modern day woman be able to subvert that?"
But she wasn't surprised.
She emphasized that she's willing to engage anyone who truly wishes to have a dialogue. "I have never blocked anyone," she said. "My approach to naked protest is always to be peaceful and pleasant -- never angry, shouty or loud."
"I just act as normal," she said, "whilst being the elephant in the room."