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Sweden Democrats face 'honour violence' ad fury

Sweden Democrats face 'honour violence' ad fury

Published: 13 Mar 2012 16:22 GMT+01:00
Updated: 13 Mar 2012 16:22 GMT+01:00

“Today when we speak about equality we speak a lot about equal pay and affirmative action, but there are women out there who are dying, who can’t leave their homes,” said SD Kvinnor spokesperson Therese Borg to The Local.

The film, which was released to coincide with International Women’s Day last Thursday, shows a young immigrant woman who is beaten by what appears to be members of her family and other relatives while a mournful tune is played.

The violent scenes are concluded by a blonde and pale-skinned woman wiping up blood from the floor.

The narrative, which is all in rhyme, poses questions such as ”what if tolerance is just naivety” and ”what if culture kills”.

The film was quickly slammed by influential feminists like former leader of the Left Party and later of the feminist party Feminist Initiative (Feministiskt Initiativ, FI) Gudrun Schyman.

“SD is trying to hijack the equality question, just like they have done with other issues before. It is just that when you look at their own politics it is the most racist, homophobic and anti-feminist to be found in the Swedish Riksdag,” Schyman said to newspaper Metro.

Borg, on the other hand does not agree.

“Does anyone own this issue? Is it only for some to argue for equality? I find what her statement implies remarkable," she said.

Instead, Borg explained, the association wants to create an awareness of a phenomenon they feel is lost among other issues like equal pay and affirmative action.

“These women are forgotten in Sweden today – is it only Swedish women that deserve help?” Borg asked.

But according to FI spokesperson Carl Emanuelsson, it is unfortunate that the Sweden Democrats are giving such a simplistic view of the problem.

“They are painting a picture of Sweden where all problems can be traced back to one thing,” Emanuelsson told The Local.

According to Emanuelsson, it is vital that these issues are brought to light in society but not at the expense of another group.

“The Sweden Democrats are trying to make men’s violence against women into a race issue. It gives a warped picture of Sweden today,” Emanuelsson said.

Rebecca Martin

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Your comments about this article

17:16 March 13, 2012 by gpafledthis
I await the day when the SAMI declare eneough of this bullshit on our doorstep and sweep all of you nonsensekers into the Baltic !!
18:31 March 13, 2012 by johan rebel
Ha ha, Gudrun Schyman. Isn't she that alcoholic carpet wetter whose main goal in life is to be financed by the taxpayer?
18:43 March 13, 2012 by Gjeebes
Well, they die over there, and they will continue to die here. Amazingly, Sweden still doesn't seem to understand that removing people from problem nations, and bringing them here, will not magically solve their problems. You don't remove culture from someone by simply removing someone from a culture. Sweden is so stupid in this way, so naive, with its complete arrogance continuing to bite into its own ass. Why do you think people look to Sweden on how not to do immigration (just ask a Finn), thereby avoiding the countless problems, Sweden creates for itself, by importing non-active illiterate goat herders.
19:16 March 13, 2012 by Tanskalainen
It doesn't surprise me at all that Gudrun Schyman doesn't burn her bra for Moslem women. Feminists are the biggest goddamned hypocrites in any country you go into, not just Sweden.
20:05 March 13, 2012 by Shawntooth
funny that most of the SD males i've unfortunately met seem to be quite anti-feminist themselves, is this a fragmentation within the party? or do they only make riling jokes justifying wife-beaters and laugh behind their female associates? talking about hypocrisy, lol.....oh well based on their logic, everybody's hypocrite anyway, exactly like what SD guys always claim "everybody's racist anyways" lmfao
20:11 March 13, 2012 by OUIJA
Gudrun Shyman is the most hypocrite of all the hympcrite feminists in the world. She, as well as others in Sweden and in other countries as well, are only engaged in their ultimate aim: to destroy the family and to erratidate men from the face of the Earth.
20:47 March 13, 2012 by godnatt
I guess feminism only applies to white women then.

Calling out the explicit and rampant abuse of women by a repressive ideology conflicts with their narrative that Swedish culture and white men in general are the great evil in the world and anything "diverse" created non-Westerners must be great.

Even if it involves abusing women, mutilating them sexually and killing children for the way they dress.
21:06 March 13, 2012 by Rod Munch
The only reason that this is an issue is b/c SD brought it up. If any other party would have said this then it would be be just fine.

For the record: Any woman who supports bringing Muslim men into this country is a complete fool.
21:50 March 13, 2012 by calebian22
SD always gets slammed for speaking the truth. Everyone on the ground knows the problems, and the only ones who are denying it are idiots and those who wish to lie about their own inferior culture. SD 2014!
23:59 March 13, 2012 by blursd
Yes, it's farrrr more effective to ignore a problem than acknowledge it exits ...
06:40 March 14, 2012 by Lavaux
Though shalt not poach from Karl Marx's flock.

Only leftists are human enough to care about women, particularly abused ones. Everyone knows that. What are SD thinking?
08:17 March 14, 2012 by phil23456
If only the Swedish democrats had the power instead of the social.
08:55 March 14, 2012 by karex
I think everyone is missing an important point here. At least according to the info. placed in this article, it seems clear that what really bothers the lady is that "it was the feminist party idea", and no one else is allowed to use it. May I suggest Ms Schyman, why don't you trademark the idea then? It seems easy enough to trademark just about everything else here.

Violence issue? Oh yes, there's that too! But most importantly, "it's OUR idea!". If this is the way theis party operates, they should be banned.
11:43 March 14, 2012 by libertarianism
Swedish-heritage politico, "Therese" from Greek, meaning "summer" or "to harvest." This name came to Germanic peoples through Spanish, Portuguese, and French where it was popular among Catholics, having been the name of a famous nun.

Matriarchal-communist politico,"Gudrun" from Old Norse meaning "god's secret lore." Gudrun is a prominent character in Norse legend, in which her second husband was Atli. Atli, unfond of his in-laws, kills them. In anger and revenge, Gudrun kills her and Atli's sons and feeds their hearts to him before killing him as well. Gudrun then weighs herself with rocks and jumps in the sea to drown. Her suicide attempt fails, however, and she is instead carried by the sea and washed ashore in Sweden…

It's all true.
20:14 March 14, 2012 by OUIJA
@karex # 13

Love you. You should comment more to freshen up the boring "comments" made by many of the "debaters".

And I will repeat: Gudrun Shyman is the most hypocrite of all the hypocrite feminists in the world. She, as well as others in Sweden and in other countries as well, are only engaged in their ultimate aim: to destroy the family and to erradicate men from the face of the Earth.

Wow! I think I do not have typos.

#14

"Gudrun then weighs herself with rocks and jumps in the sea to drown. Her suicide attempt fails, however, and she is instead carried by the sea and washed ashore in Sweden"

You can add, "where she became a recalcitrant feminist in the search of publicity, regardless all of her tens of mistakes and betrayals against true feminism…
14:58 March 16, 2012 by Lotus2035
To be anti-feminist is not the same as being anti-women. Feminism is a political movement with an anti-male agenda which broke off from the women's rights movement in the 1960's.

To say that someone is anti-feminist is not the same as saying someone is racist or homophobic, this view is a damaging deception and confuses younger women into thinking that feminists are the spokespeople for all women when they are not.

Not all women aspire to be grumpy, aggressive man-haters.
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