But that probably has nothing to do with you. Women's issues, feminism, sexism... they're not things that impact your life.
You, 20-something young professional with your education, your Friday night cocktails, your doting boyfriend, your nice little flat and your Zara wardrobe. Feminism is nothing to do with you. You have a lovely, wonderful, happy life and the issues of feminism don't affect you in the slightest.
'Feminist' is just another dirty F word you can brandish insultingly at friends who proclaim a certain passion for equality.
But calling me a 'hairy legged bra burner' is as archaic a statement as your boyfriend arriving at your flat and saying "Woman, where's my dinner?"
Look up feminism in whatever dictionary you please and it'll say something about equality.
Equality among the sexes. Is that something so distasteful to you that you have to insult me over dinner?
I am a feminist. I shave my legs, I wear push up bras, I wear a shit tonne of make-up, I dye my hair, I watch the Kardashians, I read fashion magazines, I wear high heels and form fitting clothing. Some feminists don't do any of that. They have hairy legs and don't wear bras and picking up Vogue would be an entirely foreign concept to them. But then some feminists are men. Straight people, gay people, women, men, children.
Anyone who believes in gender parity is a feminist.
Is that really something you don't identify with?
To say that sexism isn't something that affects you in your day to day life is just plain wrong. Because I know that you have encountered it. Every woman does. Some sleazy drunk man has found it perfectly acceptable to sleaze all over you and your friends on a night out, rudely interrupting your conversation and insinuating that you're going to get it onnnn later. You've had your ass grabbed by a stranger, or your appearance commented on when you've been minding your own business, or a builder has wolf whistled you from the safety of his scaffolding. You've worried you're a slut, or even been called one, at the same moment men are congratulating one another and high fiving for 'smashing her' and counting up the notches on their bedposts. You've been told you're too pretty to be so smart. You've tried to pay for dinner one night only to have the waiter hand the card machine to your boyfriend. You've heard innumerable inappropriate comments about bra sizes, arses and the legs on that. You've heard women referred to as if they're objects way too many times to count.
And maybe you're okay with these things. They're just little moments in life after all, when someone comments on your body or your sexuality, or letches all over you. But they're symptoms of a much wider problem. Sexist 'banter' being a totally acceptable form of conversation is indicative of the fact that there's a humongous disparity between what's expected of women and what's expected of men, that women remain to be seen as sexual objects (just look at the top shelf of your newsagent, or any kind of advertising material, or any kind of film) and that a lot of men think it's okay to treat them as such.
Sexism is a problem today and feminism is a necessity.
These are just examples of the everyday brand of sexism. There are much wider implications.
The gender pay gap is at 15.7% in the UK, and that figure increased last year. Let me repeat that. That figure increased LAST YEAR.
The higher up you go in any career the fewer women you meet.
82.7% of FTSE 100 boards are men.
82.7% of FTSE 100 boards are men.
You can excuse all this away by saying that women step back because they want to have children and be stay at home mothers, but for every woman who wants to take up the housewife mantle, there are many more itching to take her place at work. And if it's really the case that women just want to be mothers and stay at home, then Sheryl Sandberg wouldn't have sold so many bloody books. Then there's the whole guilt thing that working mothers suffer, being made to feel bad about themselves for still caring about their careers instead of selflessly devoting themselves to dirty nappies, snotty noses and play dates for the next five years.
Some of these things don't affect you, twenty-something university educated yopro, planning sun-soaked weekends away over long, boozy lunches in your Topshop jeans and Shellac'd nails. Life is great for you, but to say that you're unaffected by sexism is as naïve as it is ignorant. Maybe in 10 years time you'll be up for a promotion, and that guy who definitely doesn't work as hard as you do gets the job instead. Or you'll be suspicious that he's earning more than you, when you've been there just as long and are just as qualified. Maybe then you'll care.
I hope none of these things ever happen to you, 20something yopro.
But they could.
And they're happening to other women, who aren't any different from you, today and in our country.
At the very least, it's important to recognise that Feminist is not a dirty word, and it's definitely not a word you should use to insult your friends at a nice Italian restaurant on a Thursday night.
I know there's a lot of controversy around Beyoncé as a feminist icon, but in her song Flawless she quotes Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche's TED Talk about why we should all be feminists, and it's worth watching. She just says things way better than I ever could
And some Sheryl Sandberg...
And this is just awesome.