“The statistics on domestic violence, for instance, or the disproportionate impact of austerity on women, or the peculiar predicament of women from ethnic minorities are not a matter for national shame and urgent attention – until a female foreigner of a certain age points them out. Then we must get busy saying well, at least we aren’t as bad as South Africa, or – and here we really clutch at the flimsiest of straws – Saudi Arabia.”
— Tanya Gold
: Britain may have a sexist culture – but at least it’s British sexism, eh?
“It’s only by turning the tables on sexual aggression that we can see how shocking it is”
“People didn’t want to acknowledge it, or talk about it. And it wasn’t just men who took this view; it was women, too, telling me I was being oversensitive, or simply looking for problems where there weren’t any.”
“It’s a myth that street harassment is just a bit of harmless fun. It’s about about power and control – and, as I know from personal experience, can so easily turn to violence”