Why Women Need to Feel Fear


“Feminists, when I was growing up, used to encourage girls to ‘get loud’ and rail against the social pressure to be compliant and ‘nice’. We were taught to push back against the idea that women need to be appealing to men because their comfort mattered more than ours.

Now, we live in a radically different world. A world in which a generation of young women is being taught to disregard the fear they might feel in a threatening situation. They are told not to trust their intuition. And they are called bigots and sent death threats if they suggest that they feel uncomfortable in their bathrooms and changing rooms — or even in shelters for survivors of sexual abuse.”


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