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Flowers laid in Clapham Common in memory of Sarah Everard, who went missing in March Credit: Pietro Recchia/SOPA Images/ZUMA Wire/Alamy Live News

Flowers laid in Clapham Common in memory of Sarah Everard, who went missing in March Credit: Pietro Recchia/SOPA Images/ZUMA Wire/Alamy Live News

Why we need feminism now

Sexism is obvious to those who look closely—as women writers have long realised

By Hannah Dawson  

I put hoops in my ears. I rubbed cream that smelt of geraniums onto my arms, and went out into the night to meet my friends. I had to go along a road that had a park on one side and empty buildings on the other. There was no one around. The liquid moon of a motorbike’s headlamp appeared, far off on the opposite side of the road. As it came closer, it crossed over, and came straight at me. I put my head down, away from the light. I froze. The motorbike swerved and stopped, sort of side-on, blocking my path, gleaming purring metal. A voice said, “What have you got for me darling?” I looked up and from deep within the helmet a man wearing the mask of a skull looked back at me, sharp teeth and jawbone coming out of the dark. I thought: he is…

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