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Independent: A family Christmas can be lethal – the Femicide Census proves it

139 women were killed this year, most by people they knew, and almost half died at the hands of a current or former partner. Many of us will be left wondering what it's like to be able to talk back to our relatives.

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: 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: Stephen Paddock killing people in Las Vegas had nothing to do with ‘toxic masculinity

When ‘being bad’ is what makes you a real man for the purposes of a photoshoot, why should we be surprised when the same applies in real life?

New Statesman: Women-only train carriages are just a way of ensuring more spaces are male by default

We don’t need the “personal choice” to sit in a non-segregated carriage to become the new short skirt.

Independent: If we’re tackling all forms of extremism, we need to include misogyny

No politician is demanding an inquiry into how British men have become so radicalised that they are slaughtering their female partners at a rate of two per week.

New Statesman: Why did a judge describe a woman made to drink bleach as “not vulnerable”?

The case of Fakhara Khan should make us ask: can a woman be too privileged to need feminism?

New Statesman: What would happen if the world’s women went on strike?

As the backlash against feminism grows, let’s highlight the unrecognised female labour upon which capitalist patriarchy depends.

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