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Why the Labour Party must crack down on toxic male behaviour

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How many women have you met that don’t have a grim story in which a man made them feel intimated and/or acted violently against them? I pose this question without needing the answer, statistics prove that the majority will.

When I began to plan this piece, I started by unravelling my experience as a woman in a male world. My journey with toxic male behaviour is not out of the ordinary; I experienced some casual sexism in school, a sexual assault when I was 13, adolescence; and, eventually, I entered the scary world of dating. Reflecting on my experience thus far, can be at times harrowing, but what’s worse is it is totally unremarkable.

Having recently become single, I have been thrown into the deep end, naively and perhaps dangerously not truly understanding the interconnectedness between my university life, dating, travelling, and unfortunately male violence and exploitation of power. Having been in a relationship with a woman for over a year, exploitation of power came in a different form, instead, it was a hypersexualisation of my relationship, a glorification of our apparent exotic bisexuality.

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I’ve even had an ex-partner claim credit for my sexuality; he was somehow proud that his awful........

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