LIKE most women of my age, I've long championed equality. So it irritated me that Sally Bercow, wife of the Speaker of the House of Commons, thinks she's a new age suffragette because she insisted on taking part in Celebrity Big Brother after her husband said he'd rather she didn't.
Come on, Sally, you're not a Stepford wife - you're a modern woman who clearly has her own mind, and hurray for that.
But, as Mrs Bercow is only well known for being the wife of the speaker, an ancient and dignified position, I think she should have refused. This isn't about a meek little Victorian wife being 'allowed' or 'banned' by her husband, but a selfish partner thinking that equality rules out adult discussion and mutual respect: that's the sort of behaviour you might expect from an adolescent.
IF TV is a good reflection of current thinking, things have turned round quite a bit in the equality stakes. We're now awash with female detectives and sports reporters - it's great to see them infiltrating the old stereotypes, but startling that the men are fast disappearing.
And Rotary, of course, allows women to join. When it started, women were not taken seriously in the world of work, so it is good it has moved into a modern age.
Girls can join the cubs and scouts. Can boys join brownies or guides? Do they want to? I doubt it.
Boys are strange creatures, so it benefits everyone if they have somewhere they can be silly in a boy way - mainly leaping on each other and making fires and camping in smelly socks.
Maybe the boys need our help now. When Michelle Obama hugged and boosted the confidence of our girls when she visited the country, I felt it was a pity that Obama didn't speak to boys in disadvantaged areas.
The recent riots proved there are plenty who could do with being told, by such a fantastic role model, that gadgets and knives and guns and hunting in packs are not the only options available.
MR F is adamant he would have endorsed my appearance on BB wholeheartedly, not wishing to miss out on a few weeks of peace. He's never fazed by equality stuff anyway.
Asked what he was doing today, Mr F replied: "Hunting and gathering."
He was off to Sainsbury's.