“‘Sé do bheatha, a Mhuire…”: The fruits of misogyny from Isla Vista to the west of Ireland

Gender, Peace and Protest

One week ago, a fatal shooting spree in Santa Barbara sent shock waves across the Atlantic. For once, this wasn’t just a conversation about gun control. It was also a conversation about gender. Laura Penny wrote a pitch-perfect article on misogynist extremism in the New Statesman. Rebecca Solnit spoke eloquently about the patterns of sexual entitlement in an interview on Democracy Now. In The Daily Beast, Arthur Chu made a valuable contribution about masculinity. The hashtag YesAllWomen unleashed a flood of female frustration and anxiety, with many users retweeting Margaret Atwood’s chilling aphorism: “Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.”

I was surprised to see how many of my Irish friends were sharing these stories and articles, mostly accompanied by poignant silence rather than personal commentary. Most of these women I’ve known since we were teenagers, and most of them…

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