by Sarah Breaux
19th June 2019

Sarah Breux

Sarah Breaux, Senior Executive Assistant at Bristol University Press, shares her thoughts on The Right Amount of Panic by Fiona Vera-Gray.

Reading this book enabled me to think back on my experiences as a woman and evaluate the evolution of my behaviour over time. I had never thought about it as a continuous aspect of my life, which develops and changes with experience.

It was surprising to recognize how much thought and effort goes into personal safety, and how the burden of behaviour change falls almost entirely on women. The book gave me a new perspective by pointing out that women’s safety work is potentially reducing levels of victimisation, because it is hard to perceive as an individual. I had never considered the potential success of my actions, because, as the book points out, it is easier to judge our actions when we feel we have made bad decisions or not reacted correctly.

I wish everyone who thinks women exaggerate the problem of victimisation would read this book.


The Right Amount of Panic, by Fiona Vera-Gray is available on the Policy Press website. Order here for £11.99.

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