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Feminism isn’t a badge. It’s a political movement and one which recognises that the oppression of women as a class rests in large part on the exploitation of female bodies and labour. Anyone whose politics favours individualism, vilifies dependency, denies the importance of shared social responsibilities and regards only paid work as activity of any value cannot be a feminist. The Tories’ championing of “individual responsibility” is nothing of the sort; it is merely a way of ensuring it is not the state that takes responsibility for the fact that no human being is entirely independent for the whole of his or her life. Conservative ideology is wholly invested in keeping down women because invisibilised female labour creates the illusion that humans are self-sufficient, self-made beings. We no longer even gestate children, merely carry “the unborn”. There is no such thing as society, as Margaret Thatcher (another non-feminist) said.