EARLIER this summer, respected commentator Yasmin Alibhai Brown complained that today's young females had "squandered the hard-won achievements" of the women's movement and, to add insult to injury, "seem proud that they dissed and dumped all we fought for".
She is not the first seasoned feminist to despair of a sexualised generation who are supposedly colluding in their own oppression, and who are increasingly reluctant to define themselves using the "F" word.
Another frequent complaint among veteran political campaigners is that today's young are apathetic: too preoccupied with their virtual social networks to step out into the real world to march, picket and lobby for radical change.
If this is true, no-one told the young women who gathered in Tesco stores yesterday to call on the retailer to stop selling lads' mags such as Nuts and Zoo, which they say "portray women as dehumanised sex objects" and "fuel sexist attitudes underpinning violence against women".
Tesco says it has already taken steps to make these magazines less visible, and not everyone will agree that - in an era where hardcore web pornography proliferates - banning such magazines is the priority.
But clearly these campaigners believe they promote misogyny and sexist attitudes, and that their open display in public places creates a dangerous climate for women. They are angry and determined to try to change their world for the better.
Feminism, and youthful idealism, are with us still.
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