This weekend I had to endure a conversation where a white man in his sixties declared that ‘most women like to be dominated’. He claimed that women generally like men to take charge, like men to order food for them when in restaurants, like men to make decisions on their behalf. He said that these activities were ‘men’s jobs’.

Despite the group consisting of two men and three women, he did not stop his monologue to ask for input from the women in the group. When I challenged his views, he still did not stop to consider what he was saying. What made the situation so much more uncomfortable was that this man is a backbench parliamentarian.