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Letters: From women's liberation to conservatism...

Published 20/02/2014 | 02:30

Suffragete Emmeline Pankhurst: refused to allow herself to be a second class citizen.
Suffragete Emmeline Pankhurst: refused to allow herself to be a second class citizen.

* Regardless of the fact that I am an avid reader of Mary Kenny, I was enraged and extremely disappointed after reading one of her recent articles which was published in your paper. In this article, she condemns modern Irish women and their "inability" to deal with unwanted sexual advances.

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Is this the same Mary Kenny who has constantly promoted the rights and views of modern, liberated women throughout the years? Ms Kenny now seems to be sliding towards the clutches of conservatism, where those who believe modern women are weak and feeble dwell.

In this particular article, Ms Kenny states that older generations of Irish women were confident and assertive enough to slap down unwanted advances, unlike modern women, who hide behind the legal system to fight their battles. As a 17-year-old who listens to her elderly relations regularly, I believe Ms Kenny is looking back on these years through rose-tinted glasses.

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