The full face of Cambridge professorial feminism

The full face of Cambridge professorial feminism


norman lebrecht

July 23, 2018

Dr Victoria N. Bateman is a Cambridge academic, specialising in macroeconomics and British economic history. She is a fellow in economics at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge

She speaks here about economics, the arts and feminism.


Dr Bateman has given a further interview here about why women object when she shows up naked for dinner.


  • Elizabeth Owen says:

    Some people are so sad they are desperate for attention. Poor thing no one would look at her otherwise.

    • Iain Scott says:

      She makes a very interesting and powerful point and in an entertaining , thoughtful way.
      I like the link between arts and economics and feminism. Never thought about it like that before so she succeeded.

    • Furzwängler says:

      Is that a merkin she is wearing?

    • Sue says:

      Absolutely. These people embarrass themselves beyond anything normal. But, to be expected in the new, ‘look at me’ world. Their parents obviously thought they were ‘special’!! Apparently we’re also supposed to think that as well. (Shakes head.)

  • John Borstlap says:

    She takes academia into entirely new directions.

    It seems to have become very difficult to keep the students’ attention during lectures. Maybe this type of presentation will help.

  • Caravaggio says:

    Oh dear. Regietheater visits academia.

  • Alan says:

    Links don’t appear to be working (thankfully)

  • Tamino says:

    She is quite an idiot.
    „”The (wrong) association of women’s bodies with sin and shame, and with it the notion that a woman’s value is in large part based on how ‘modest’ she is.”

    Well, obviously, even a Cambridge college professor can understand that, shame has played a crucial role in bringing civilization to today‘s pinnacle (with all its flaws).
    I remember as a kid visiting the zoo and seeing a chimpanzee defecating without any shame in front of us dozens of spectators.
    Now when will we see ‚professor misguided -ism‘ defecate right there on the floor next to the dining table at the faculty end of academic year reception? Just to enforce her ‚argument‘ that assiciation wirh bodily things in shame is bad for anyone, particularly women?!

    Same same.

    Scary one can not even send one‘s kids to Cambridge anymore, just to be safe from the anti-intellectual disease of modern ideologies.

    • Sue says:

      She’d be a great Islamic fundamentalist. In fact, she probably already is. No matter what stripe, she’s fundamentalist. Period. These types always are.

  • boringfileclerk says:

    I can only assume that Ethan Hein views this as the pinnacle of academic research.

  • william osborne says:

    She says that women’s bodies are associated with “shame and sin,” which is probably true, but then it’s shame and sin that makes sex so much fun. Art is similar. It needs just the right amount of transgression.

    And on another note, I’m happy to see that the British Pound still has some use.

    • John Borstlap says:

      A perserse and failed attempt at irony.

      Shame in relation to the human physique is a protection of intimacy and freedom.

      And the comparison with art is particulary absurd and nonsensical.

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      • william osborne says:

        Yup. We note that burkas are especially emancipatory….

        • John Borstlap says:

          It is a PC clichée to think that veils, as used in muslem countries, are always a signal of suppression. But that is a misunderstanding: it can be both a sign of suppression and an instrument of freedom: from the male gaze in a society where men define public space. In the over-sexualized West, the halfnaked adverts for ladies underware on billboards or bus stops can be understood as suppression of woman, of reducing her to an object, so one could understand a woman wearing a burka in the West as an attempt at liberation from an oversexed society.

          As you see, these things are more complex than one would initially think.

  • Rosemary Forbes-Butler says:

    Such good child-bearing hips. She’d make a great little wife and scrummy-mummy 😉

  • Jack Pudding says:

    Oh good grief….

  • John Borstlap says:

    I tried this yesterday to underline my request for a pay rise but it did not go down very well here. When I brought-up the point of macro-economics, the banknotes which protected the last resorts of my shame were taken-off and I was left to the stunned gaze of the market. How I wished to have a burka right there and then! (I did not get the pay rise but instead got a reprimand for disrupting the workplace, and I felt much suppressed in my femininity.)


    • Tamino says:

      Dear Sally,
      next time poop on the floor! ‘Your body, your choice!!!’
      That will show them. Away with the patriarchal shame!!!

      • John Borstlap says:

        I wouldn’t dare to besmirch the marble here, I’ve already been criticized for my high heels which seem to pinch little holes in the surface and it’s an old building, and I don’t want the bad looks again from the cleansing clan… But I’ll keep it in mind for the time when the subject of my salary turns-up again. Physical protests always seem the best to me! like this academic shows, only THEN all those old fogeys look up from their notes.