In a recent interview with The Daily Mail, Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren has compared men that put their arms around women to ‘ownership’.
‘It annoys me when I see men with an arm slung round their girlfriend’s shoulders. It’s like ownership. Of course, when you’re young, you want the guy to take your hand and look after you.
‘But when I see girls being leaned on, I want to say, ‘Tell him to get his damned arm off your shoulder.”
This seems to be the new thing for post-modern feminism, where men seemingly struggle between chivalry and romance, or sexism and misogyny. Men must show affection, but not so far as to imply ownership. They must hold the door open or pay for dinner because it’s expected. If Mirren’s comments are to be taken seriously, surely true feminism means no one holds the door, no one walks first, and both genders should be treated equally when the check comes?