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Gender politics belongs in the classroom – not in our courts

In 2012, when I told people I’d just enrolled in a masters in Gender Studies at Cambridge, they’d often snicker. They’d say things like: ‘What on earth are you doing that for?’, usually followed by a withering comment about how it was hardly the type of thing that got one a job. But the main thing I sensed was their wariness; they clearly thought I was off to join a loony lefty cult of man-haters.

The course was fascinating. But, though I didn’t get brainwashed (as you can see!), many of my doubters’ cynical assumptions were spot on. We learnt arguments that insisted biological sex is merely a social construct; that masculinity is determined by a cadre of alpha males who police the way all men behave, goading them on to be sexually aggressive and that all sex is a form of male violence against women. (Though the feminist counter-argument also says women can and should command their own…

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