THE terrible murder of Sarah Everard has unleashed a spate of commentrary about male violence and the need to keep our streets safe. Raging in yesterday’s Telegraph, Suzanne Moore wrote: ‘I actually don’t want to Reclaim the Streets. I want to reclaim the whole bloody world a) because I have been on loads of these marches already and b) I am one of those dreadful feminists you read about who think it’s not women’s behaviour that has to change, it’s men’s’.
You might ask why the Telegraph would publish this incontinent hyperbole until you realise it is all over the once-Conservative press – the Spectator too.
Poor men. There’s no safe space left for the endemically evil species. Next step it will be the curfew bus for them. And even if Wales’s First Minister Mark Drakeford has pulled back from locking men up, regardless of their probity, their crime-free records, our dependence on them to keep society functioning, there are plenty around who seem to believe their human rights can be denied on the basis of their gender. If that is not discrimination, I really do not know what is.
Surely not, you say. How is it being driven? By two things – new legislation and by male compliance and the fear of being demonised as misogynists if they don’t fall into line. Turn the page from Ms Moore’s expletives and you find that a law to outlaw the sexual harassment of women in the street (however that is defined), matching Moore’s fearmongering rhetoric, is already on the way, uncritically reported by the same paper.
Isn’t this exactly the kind of negative generalisation about a group (with a protected characteristic, I might add) that is forbidden in all other contexts (except with white people of course)? I don’t recall all the articles about how Muslims need to make our theatres safe after the latest terrorist attack, or black people need to make our streets safe after the latest stabbing or mugging. And rightly so. Yet for some reason it is seen as entirely acceptable to imply or suggest men as a sex are collectively responsible for the criminal conduct of a tiny minority of sickos. The double standards of all this wokery are perhaps the most maddening aspect (though of course the double standards are really the point – white men are always the villains).
Funny, too, that the feminists behind this who are so angry at being told by police to stay at home for their own safety said nothing when the Prime Minister @BorisJohnson told them to stay at home for almost a year because of . . . a virus.
Feel free to discuss this or anything else on your mind.