Over the past decade, there has been a marked increase in the public attention given to issues of behaviour, how men treat women socially, including "mansplaining
", and what is or is not appropriate sexual behaviour. Exposés of sexual harassment continue to result in high profile scandals, including the resignations of government ministers and stripping of awards from BAFTA-acclaimed actors. And the #MeToo movement
, which spread virally in October 2017, confirmed the prevalence of sexual assault and harassment, especially in the workplace. Everyone’s Invited
continues to do this by enabling schoolgirls to highlight the prevalence of rape culture. These events are meant to be positive signifiers of progress but when you boil it down, that "progress" – as posited by supposedly radical books like Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism
– is merely imagining a world without sexual violence, domestic abuse or harassment and with childcare that we can actually afford
, which is hardly what we would call a utopia. Can we not do better than that? Shouldn’t we be concerned that these policy ideas are still relegated to the realm of the "radical"?