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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

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: False allegations are rare – rape is not. Stop using the case of Jemma Beale to discredit all women

If there were thousands of Jemma Beales out there, there’s little doubt in my mind that we’d know about it. But there aren’t. Right now there’s only one, which is why we know her name. Meanwhile the names of most rapists will be forgotten.

Independent: Thanks for the advice on rape culture, Ched Evans, but isn’t it time we started prioritising men’s safety instead?

Taking care not to provoke women can be a simple and effective way of staying safe. That's the message the footballer should be sharing.

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