The misogynist banter that facilitates so much assault and harassment is unlikely to be swept away by formal measures. But what is acceptable in private conversations can be shifted, says Ms Cameron. The sort of racist remarks that would once have been commonplace have become much rarer, as fewer listeners let them go by unchallenged. Homophobic remarks also seem to be on their way out. For misogynist ones to follow, the many men who have publicly declared themselves disgusted by Mr Trump’s words need to start making that clear in private, too.