Writing in the Telegraph comedianAva Vidal pointed out that until we brought freedom to Iraq women could access six months fully-paid maternity leave, equal rights for women was part of the Iraqi constitution and in the 1990s female literacy rate was the highest in the region, wrote: "Mrs Currie displays the kind of binary thinking that is prevalent in Western countries. There is a level of arrogance that tends to believe that we are so much better off than those poor people in 'developing' countries that have such difficult lives".
This isn't just about what we experience in Westminster or on public transport, in offices or the court room (but how short was your skirt?) when it comes to sexism in this country. Women constantly cry right to banter. It's just bantz! Put up and shut up and if you can't take it, go home.
Oh, Britain is sexist, we had no idea. What's frustrating is...you do know.
But what of this peculiar culture in which - I hasten to add I'm not talking cool girl feminism, I'm talking about women who say their sisters who complain are oversensitive and need to get on with it. Who deny their right to report sexist abuse. On the same day people were denying sexism in Britain BBC Radio 4's Today programme aired a report by Sima Kotecha that the British Army was failing to tackle violent sexism against women. Women described shocking incidents of sexism only to be dismissed by a female veteran who said "it was just banter".
Currently Nigel Evans is reigniting the call for anonymity for defendants on trial for sexual offences and we still do not have a safe, approachable system for those who wish to report a sexual offence.
Oh, Britain is sexist, we had no idea. What's frustrating is...you do know. People are aware. Every time a man tells me he'd hate to be a [hetero/bi] woman on a dating site (if I were more suspicious I'd think: 'why, what have you done?') or that women in Westminster have a tougher time or asks me to let him know I got home safe he is recognising that this is a sexist society.
But that's not enough.