Run for your life.

Well, I’d rather see you dead, little girl
Than to be with another man

The first two lines of this Beatles song make clear the subject and the writer’s view. There can be no doubt that the song accepts violence against women as the norm. This is from a time when women and children were seen as at worst property, and at best as subservient to men in the family. It was also a time when violence as a whole was more acceptable, both within the family and the school system.

Growing up, I had one sister and at least two aunties who were subject to domestic violence. Physical punishment in schools was widespread.

This song was published in 1965, it would certainly have a different response today. The world has moved on. Although there are still far too many women who suffer from male violence. For some people ‘woke’ or ‘pc’ language is a modern infringement on our rights. Including the right to ‘free speech’. What it means is that they want the right to protect the use of insulting language toward either women or people of colour.

I don’t think any language should be banned or made illegal, but if you use that language don’t be surprised if you have to pay a price for it. People who do use insulting language should be called out for it. What this language does is provide cover for violence, racist or anti-women, because it perpetuates the stereotypes and view of people as of less value.

I don’t think anyone would release a song like that today, that is a victory, a sign of progress, not because it would be banned, but because it would be objected to by most right thinking people.

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About Me

Thanks for visiting my page. The aim of this page is to let you know what I am working on and allow you to tell me what you think.

I was born and raised in Speke Liverpool, although my parents first lived ‘Under The Bridge’ in Garston, and all my family goes back to Wicklow in Ireland.

The Liverpool Mystery series will be four novels, three books; Under The Bridge, The Morning After, and Fire Next Time are finished. Under The Bridge will be published in Feb 2021 and I hope at least one more will follow later in the year. I am writing The Wicklow Boys now, and I hope to finish it next year.

My writing like my blog is about the lives of working people and how they relate to society as a whole.

My collection of short stories The One Road is available below click to see details.

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