London Assembly candidate – rape ‘no big deal’
Jess McCabe // 1 April 2008
A BNP candidate for the London Assembly elections in May has been outed by the Evening Standard as the author of a far right blog, where he has said both rape and domestic violence are no big deal.
As “Sir John Bull”, candidate Nick Eriksen said:
“I’ve never understood why so many men have allowed themselves to be brainwashed by the feminazi myth machine into believing that rape is such a serious crime … Rape is simply sex. Women enjoy sex, so rape cannot be such a terrible physical ordeal.
“To suggest that rape, when conducted without violence, is a serious crime is like suggesting that forcefeeding a woman chocolate cake is a heinous offence. A woman would be more inconvenienced by having her handbag snatched.
“The demonisation of rape is all part of the feminazi desire to obtain power and mastery over men. Men who go along with the rape myth are either morons or traitors.”
I am sure readers don’t need me to explain why this is disgusting. However, the chocolate cake comparison is interesting. Over at the Feminism 101 blog, tigtog explains exactly why this comparison demonstrates not that rape isn’t a big deal, or women would like to be raped, but that liking sex (or dessert) in other contexts does not mean that it is any less awful to have it forced upon you.
On 5 November 2005, in an item entitled “Give her a slap!,” Mr Eriksen approvingly quoted Noel Coward as saying: “Some women are like gongs – they need to be struck regularly.” On 8 November, he claimed that “the vast majority of domestic [assaults] are initiated by the woman.” Mr Eriksen also wrote on 24 November 2005 that mothers “should never go out to work” and described career women as “unnatural and vile… it is a strange kind of woman who would want to invest [her] energies into her job rather than into a man.”
Apparently this rape apologist stands a good chance of getting elected. And it was not very hard to get to the bottom of his identity – a reporter simply emailed the blogger, pretending to be a fellow racist, and he responded with his own name and giving the phone number of the London party leader of the BNP.
What did he say when challenged on his views?!
Contacted by the Standard last night, Mr Eriksen admitted the blog postings were written by him, but said they were “deliberately provocative” in order to stimulate debate.
What is it with people thinking they can say something totally beyond the pail, vile and misogynistic (or hateful in whatever way), and think that just saying “oh, I was trying to start a debate” is somehow an excuse?!
(Hat tip to Melissa for sending this link)