I know Twitter may have its downsides. But I've always said that on balance there were more pluses than minuses. And that was nicely illustrated yesterday.
I always imagined that I knew my way rather well around the BBC's website, but until I got yesterday's tweet (thankyou @DrImogenTyler) I hadnt come across their archive section, which has a whole array of programmes and clips on "second wave feminism" mostly from the 1970s, but with a few pieces going back to the 60s, and then up tp the early 1990s.
The clip that Imogen linked me to was this (click on 'this' -- it starts without a picture, but persevere -- you get visuals afater a couple of minutes). It was broadcast on "Tonight" in 1963 just after Oxford had opened up its Union Society to women ("Oxford's given in"), and Cambridge (it was claimed) was the only remaining "unequal" university in the land ("a girl is just a girl") -- though there were compensations, we were assured, in the shape of 10 men dancing attendance on every woman student.
So Chris Brasher, intrepidly, went off to Birmingham (a university for women and men from its very beginning) to interview women students about what they thought of Cambridge and what their own experiences were. Just how equal did women want to be? Did they want feminism or feminity? Did they want to compete with men, or be competed for by men?