Fear is only information.
Some information is false.
A British woman, Sarah Everard, 34, appears to have been murdered by a police officer. This is a very unpleasant and still-developing story and I’m only mentioning it as context for what follows.
Whenever a very high-profile, grotesque crime against women occurs, there’s a social media thing where other women share things that have happened to them. My attitude toward these things is constantly changing because at this point, I’ve just seen a lot of them, and it’s not clear to me what happens when they subside, if anything. Without wanting to deny this is helpful or healing for individuals—surely it is, including for people who don’t participate but are reading along—you also only want to see so many people expose themselves over and over if they’re getting something concrete out of it.
The big thing this time has been emphasizing how scared women are to walk alone at night. Her…
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