Miriam Lord: Between the headline atrocities men seem to quickly forget all that women said

We need to stop the ‘entry-level’ aggression in order to save women’s lives

A sign placed among the  flowers and candles during a vigil at Leinster House, Dublin, for  Ashling Murphy. Photograph: Brian Lawless/ PA Wire

A sign placed among the flowers and candles during a vigil at Leinster House, Dublin, for Ashling Murphy. Photograph: Brian Lawless/ PA Wire

So here’s another column to add to the countless columns usually commissioned by men to be written by women after a man has violently murdered a woman. Another entry in the parade of never-ending explainers to men about why women co-exist with the fear of what one of their number might do to them.

How many times do women have to spell out the reality of keys splayed between fingers and ears attuned to footsteps? Why must they put up with the cocky battalions of somebody’s little darlings who refuse to take no for an answer? Why is it still necessary to recount frightening stories of narrow escapes and unsettling encounters with sleazy space invaders?

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