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Reader’s comment: A strategic silence

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In response to Laura Perrins: Child rape is not just a ‘women’s issue’, Charles Dawne wrote:

I suspect the silence from male MPs is not because they don’t care or see it as ‘merely a woman’s issue’ but rather the politically correct toxic atmosphere created by radical feminism asserting all males are predatory. Unless you are female or a rape victim, society has de facto deemed men’s opinions null and void on commenting.

Men are almost barred from having an opinion on rape. You can offer sympathy and concern but to discuss the causes of rape is an emotional minefield that can only be navigated by the most careful orators. Let’s not forget in 2011 Kenneth Clarke was the last one who dared have an opinion and look what happened him (grovelling backtracking apology).

The opportunity to be quoted out of context by the media is too risky, getting pinned down by some SJW on Twitter too high. Maybe it is a strategic withdrawal on the part of male Conservative MPs not to get involved.

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