Sarah Everard, that pretty gentle woman was kidnapped off the street and murdered. There was anger and shock and it stimulated a vigil in the name of women to protest against the violence that a few men commit against women.
The argument now turns on the point of a pin, were the police too rough on the people it arrested. It is important, legislation is to be debated as to protesting on the streets.
Society has changed, we focus on the individual crime and victim and then the debate begins. It gets lost in murky waters along the way. Protest can and will often start out peaceful, but there are always a few hotheads, and also a virtuous feeling of righteousness that breaks the surface and then the trouble begins. The police take action against the people. We live in a peaceful country, we do not undergo the draconian measures that the people of Mynamar are going though at this moment; see here on the CNN news or of course in Hong Kong, as China, probably behind the military coup in Mynamar, also comes down with heavy laws.
The protest at the moment is round the violence that women suffer from men, also and if you read the Marina Hyde article below, the senseless misogyny young women meet on the street. That is the hatred, a few men spit at women. It is an almost impossible task to change an attitude that has persisted for decades, most of us live uneventful lives with loving partners who respect us, how can we be part of this movement?
Marina Hyde was just walking to pick up her son from school on a pleasant afternoon, and was not physically touched just verbally assaulted. There is no law, or if you do complain, it can only be added to a long list that will not be investigated.
Perhaps the problem could be addressed through social media, but we all know that it gives the real trolls something to fight against and neither wins. Somehow equality is always on the back foot and what these young women seek will be achieved probably in the future under the slow attrition of attitude.
And now I shall go back to listening on Audible Books, my first free book, to the fantastical world of Gormenghast - Titus Groan, 20 hours of story!
“I’m talking to you. Fucking turn round.” Marina Hyde - Guardian article