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Ruth Breslin


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Dehumanising: Almost 90pc of scenes in pornography contain at least one act of aggression against a woman

Dehumanising: Almost 90pc of scenes in pornography contain at least one act of aggression against a woman

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Dehumanising: Almost 90pc of scenes in pornography contain at least one act of aggression against a woman

In the wake of Ashling Murphy’s tragedy, tens of thousands of us attended moving vigils to honour her individual memory, but also to demonstrate our collective trauma. Violence is surely one of the truest expressions of misogyny – of a contempt for women and girls that allows some men to see us as of lesser value – to objectify us, to try to control us, to hurt us if we do not bend to their will.

We are finally beginning to understand that the way Ashling’s life ended is not an isolated case. A pattern quickly emerges once we examine the circumstances of all missing and murdered women in Ireland, in cases both solved and unsolved.


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