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Culture change is needed to end women’s terror of attack

Eilis O'Hanlon


The search for Deirdre Jacob is a sad reminder of the ever-nagging fear of male violence

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More than 93pc of women feel unsafe walking home at night. (Picture posed by models)

More than 93pc of women feel unsafe walking home at night. (Picture posed by models)

More than 93pc of women feel unsafe walking home at night. (Picture posed by models)

Faced with ploughing through another pile of crime books depicting graphic violence against women, novelist Adam LeBor was prompted recently to wonder whether this fetishisation of brutality actually encouraged misogyny.

There’s certainly something unsettling about the relish with which many writers exploit women’s worst nightmares as a sick entertainment. What’s interesting is that it’s women who make up the majority of readers of stories in which female characters are stalked, raped, murdered.


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