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Why a winter election is bad news for women

From party activists pounding the streets in the dark to voters being asked to open the doors to strangers, the practicalities of a winter election will collide with the habits women everywhere use to keep themselves safe

By Tara Jane O'Reilly  

Yes, canvassers work together—but you still have to get there. Photo: Pexel

Keys between your fingers, headphones in but music off, sharing your live location with the girls’ Whatsapp chat: these are just some of the things women do to keep safe when we’re out in the dark. These small acts of protection aren’t even conscious half of the time; being fearful and slightly on edge just becomes part of your demeanour as soon as the sun sets.

It may sound patronizing to some to suggest that women…

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