I’m sorry, but there are a lot of idiots in the world.
Like Thomas Pascoe who blogs for the Telegraph.
He wrote a post today called “Sweden’s insane anti-discrimination laws have created a generation of lost women” so I’m sure you can tell what kind of man he is… (*cough* sexist bastard *cough*) and in the post he gives us lovely lines such as:
the result of stripping women of their social roles as mothers has not been the development of a new balance in society which still respects women, but rather a sexual nihilism with which most women are instinctively uncomfortable
we see a rise of a tits-and-ass culture that emphasises the physical because there is nothing else left
and my personal favorite:
No boy grows up dreaming of being a princess. I find it hard to believe many little girls grow up wanting to shoot people.
And why, you ask, did he write this blogpost?
Because he’s upset that Toys R Us’ Christmas catalouge is gender-netural this year. In it, little boys occasionally push stollers and little girls play with toolkits. Gasp, sigh and the world is obviously ending.
Not only does Pascoe seem to lack any sort of analysis capabilities or abilities to look at broader social movements, he is also abysmally bad at statistics.
He claims, for example:
Women face the highest rate of rape in Europe and a high rate of domestic violence
But he doesn’t stop to think about what he’s actually saying. In fact, Sweden has a much broader definition of rape than most countries, since a law change in 2005. Immediately afterwards, rape statistics increased.
He also seems unaware of the fact that 75-95% of rapes are not reported to the police, either due to fear of reprisal or because of shame. One reason that more rapes are reported in Sweden might simply be because of those “insane discrimination laws” making it easier for women to escape the social stigma of rape, and actually daring to report the rapist.
But apparently, women in Thomas Pascoe’s world are empty, meaningless shells because society has taken the mother role from them and little boys grow up wanting to shoot people.
I think I’ll stay in my world, thanks.