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Lockdown, violence and understanding women's anger

By Kaitlynn Mendes, Lecturer in Media and Communication, University of Leicester
Elizabeth Milne, Research Assistant, Media, Communication, and Sociology Department, University of Leicester
Jessica Ringrose, Professor of the Sociology of Gender and Education, Institute of Education, UCL
Tanya Horeck, Associate Professor in Film, Media & Culture, Anglia Ruskin University
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It was a week that started with International Women’s Day and ended with Mother’s Day. Yet despite the promise of these two days to honour and thank women, it turns out there wasn’t much to celebrate after all.

In early March, reports of a white, middle-class missing woman, Sarah Everard, had hit the news. A few days later, a white serving Metropolitan Police officer, Wayne Couzens, was charged with her kidnap and murder.

Everard was, at times, blamed for her own death after disappearing from a London street. Women were advised not to become “hysterical”


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