‘Why do men feel threatened by women?’ I asked a male friend of mine. … ‘I mean,’ I said, ‘men are bigger, most of the time, they can run faster, strangle better, and they have on the average a lot more money and power.’

‘They’re afraid women will laugh at them,’ he said. ‘Undercut their world view.’

Then I asked some women students in a quickie poetry seminar I was giving, ‘Why do women feel threatened by men?’

‘They’re afraid of being killed,’ they said.

Margaret Atwood, Writing the Male Character (1982)