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Independent: Germaine Greer compared the trauma of rape victims to her fear of spiders. What is she playing at?

What she is saying now is not so different to what others have said about the risk of disempowering women through fear. I understand the argument. But let's not forget that what hurts, hurts. When sexual assaults occur, we should not have to try to persuade ourselves they don't affect us

Independent: A woman may go to prison for a murder her boyfriend committed, because apparently men can’t possibly control their jealous rages

Given the amount of time judges spend deliberating how hard it is for men to know what we mean by the word 'no', how is it that women become master manipulators in cases such as this?

Independent: A former Ukip councillor has been jailed for murdering his wife – but according to his mates it’s him we should feel sorry for

The polarisation of political discourse has made misogyny not just more visible, but an acceptable expression of the rage of the self-styled common man

Independent: What parents of boys should bear in mind about the ‘spurned’ Texas school shooter Dimitrios Pagourtzis

As a mother of three sons, I’m tired of seeing male unhappiness cultivated and weaponised. A feminist approach to raising boys must go beyond allowing our sons to wear dresses and play with dolls.

Independent: Who was really on trial in the Ireland and Ulster rugby rape case?

Whose guilt, morally if not legally, have we really been trying to prove? Watching the trial progress, it seemed to me the question was never ‘are these men rapists?’, but always ‘is this woman a liar?’

New Statesman: #Metoo is more than applying “due process” – women are questioning the rules themselves

We are working towards a world in which no one feels taken by surprise at the failure of others to trust in their justice.

New Statesman: When men remind feminists that grooming is worse than groping, they reveal their complicity

Andrew Neil and Piers Morgan berate women for calling out sexism that they see as minor. But what have they ever done for women’s refuges or FGM victims?

On feeling sorry for boys

Women and girls have always been asked to see men and boys as both more fragile and more powerful. It's time we stopped.

The scold’s bridle of JK Rowling

At a time when many feminists are writing passionately and clearly against the silencing of women in general, there is a gaping hole right at the centre of their argument.

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