After a normal night walk, a woman in London was murdered. This caused an intense debate about women safety. While many lawmakers were still thinking of ways to possibly help protect the ones who might be in danger, Baroness Jenny Jones, a Green Party member suggested that she would like to create an amendment to create a curfew for men on the streets after 6PM. Jones quickly corrected herself saying it wasn’t an entirely serious suggestion but it was too late. The media had already covered the topic and she and her party took extreme criticism for the extreme policy.
On Tuesday, the conservative leader, Susan Hall tweeted, “OMG the world is going mad. The greens are thinking about a curfew for men after 6pm at night – I’ve heard it all now.” Some lawmakers however defended her saying it was a way to stop victim blaming.
Everard was a 33 year old woman who was walking home from her friends house when she suddenly was reported missing. A day later, her remains were found in a wooded area near Ashford, Kent. This was obviously a very sad incident and should have never happened. The safety of everyone should be protected and there should be better ways to protect rather than imposing a gender wide curfew.
After a couple days of Jones’s statement, instead of correcting what she said she continued saying, “Since my comments about a curfew for men to keep women safe, I’ve had a deluge of misogynistic emails and tweets. Which rather proves my point about the problem being with men.” Currently, the video has been getting millions of view and heated debates are arising discussing if gender generalization should be something the lawmaker should be doing.
Today, lawmakers are trying to come up with an actual solution to limit the amount of assault against young women. Some even suggesting class time taken to teach self defense or proper ways to avoid situations. Rather than generalizing a whole gender, lawmakers should be making more careful approaches by suggesting laws that can protect people rather than lock them up.