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A new book argues that young women are paying the price for liberal feminism’s refusal to say it as it is 

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Is it time to say no? Photo: Everett Collection/Old Visuals

Is it time to say no? Photo: Everett Collection/Old Visuals

Louise Perry

Louise Perry

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Is it time to say no? Photo: Everett Collection/Old Visuals

“Sex must be taken seriously. Men and women are different. Some desires are bad. Consent is not enough. Violence is not love. Loveless sex is not empowering. People are not products. Marriage is good. Listen to your mother.”

These are the tenets of a new book by Louise Perry, a columnist with the New Statesman and campaigner with We Can’t Consent To This, a group which aims to get the ‘rough sex’ defence thrown out in murder trials of women killed by their sexual partners. Perry asks us to look at hook-up culture, the normalisation of porn, and extreme sexual practices; and to reconsider our ideas about what sexual liberation really means.


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