Taking on the sexist system: Repeal and the fight for real change


  • Marnie Holborow


Not so long ago media pundits were fond of saying that women across the western world had it all, that we were living in a post-feminist world. Then Trump, an open sexist and woman molester, arrived in the White House.Then Hollywood king, Harvey Weinstein was shown up as a rapist and sexual assaulter who had got away with intimidating his victims and journalists over decades. 2017 laid bare what women had long suspected: violent sexism wasthenorm and very little had changed.

In Ireland, too, sexual harassment has been going on in elite circles for decades. The extent of Michael Colgan’s power-mad sexism at the Gate Theatre included the screaming of obscene threats to women that if they didn’t give in to him, he would make their life hell.