Women are afraid to go on buses... say ex­perts

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hurts. Then when you look closer, you see the sur­vey was done on “ex­perts” – not in fact real peo­ple, but those who work for rights groups and who have an agenda.

HA­RASS­MENT

The find­ing that sex­ual ha­rass­ment on Ir­ish streets was some kind of ev­ery­day oc­cur­rence was ac­tu­ally the views of these ex­perts, not the ev­i­dence of women them­selves.

How con­de­scend­ing. Why not just ask women them­selves?

While that find­ing was off, it also threw up the bla­tantly ob­vi­ous,

There will be in­ci­dents now and then where some­one might shout some­thing in your di­rec­tion. You might get a wolf whis­tle. You don’t need to re­spond. You can choose not to care.

I find that con­tin­u­ing on and ig­nor­ing any­one – man or woman – at this kind of thing, is the best pol­icy. Get­ting all worked up about it is a waste of time, en­ergy and emo­tion when you can just con­tinue on and de­cide not to let some mo­ron en­joy your day.

But cer­tain brands of mil­i­tant fem­i­nism sug­gest we must be con­stantly out­raged by ev­ery lit­tle griev­ance, per­ceived or oth­er­wise.

Yes, of course sex as­sault and rape are ter­ri­ble crimes, that is self-ev­i­dent. We know that such ter­ri­ble cases – like the hor­ri­fy­ing rape and mur­der of Ir­ish­woman Jill Meagher in Aus­tralia in 2012 – are ex­tremely rare and yet, they hap­pen, and it is im­per­a­tive that we pro­tect our­selves as much as pos­si­ble from be­com­ing that rare statis­tic. Those who com­mit them are wicked, and we must do all we can to take them out of cir­cu­la­tion.

It’s ir­ra­tional and hys­ter­i­cal to be more con­cerned with be­ing of­fended than keep­ing safe. To sug­gest women can’t be part of the so­lu­tion and adopt ba­sic safety mea­sures is per­verse.

news@irish­mir­ror.ie Jill Meagher was raped and killed

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