(Photo: Victoria Bateman)
Dr. Victoria Bateman teaches economics at Cambridge University in the UK. She has a strong opinion about a current political controversy in Britain. So before walking into a meeting of 30 colleagues to discuss teaching materials and course curricula, she stripped off her top and wrote a message across her breasts.
Bateman's nudity was not a distraction. If these academics even noticed it, they gave no sign. The Telegraph (content warning: nudity) reports:
A source who took part in the meeting told the Daily Telegraph: “It is well known to the faculty that she has posed naked but obviously the behaviour here was different. One thing is to pose naked and another to show up naked.
“This was a standard meeting about the teaching of economics and we moved away from her state of dress. We remained silent on that issue and managed to get through the agenda in the meeting.”
If seeing Bateman's breasts made any impression on the chair of the meeting, it was only a practical one:
Nigel Knight, director of studies at Churchill College and the chair of the meeting, glanced at her and then said to his secretary: “I think we need some cups for the coffee” and everyone else just stared straight ahead.