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Sweden’s Sexual Assault Crisis Presents a Feminist Paradox

Sweden prides itself on being a beacon of feminism. It has the most generous parental leave in the developed world, providing for 18 months off work, 15 of which can be used by fathers as paternity leave. A quarter of the paid parental leave is indeed used by men, and this is too little according to the Swedish government, which has made it a political priority to get fathers to stay at home longer with their children.

Sweden has never ranked lower than four in The Global Gender Gap Report, which has measured equality in economics, politics, education, and health for the World Economic Forum since 2006. Of all members of Parliament, 44 percent are women, compared to 19 percent of the United States Congress. Nearly two-thirds of all university degrees are awarded to women. Its government boasts that it is the “first feminist government” in the world, averring that gender equality is central to its priorities in decision-making and resource allocation.

But while Swedish women rank among the most equal in the world, they increasingly fear for their physical safety on the streets. Reported sex crimes increased by 61 percent between 2007 and 2016. Meanwhile a rise in gang violence among men–the number of victims injured by gunshots increased by 50 percent between 2004 and 2016–indirectly affects the safety of women. Police admit that rape cases are piling up without being investigated because resources are being drained by gang violence and shootings.

In June, a 12-year-old girl in the small town of Stenungsund reported that she had been dragged into a public restroom and raped by an older boy. Six weeks later the girl had still not been questioned by the police. Even though she believed she had identified the perpetrator, the police had yet to pay him a visit.

“We have so many similar cases,” a spokeswoman of the local police told the Swedish public television channel SVT on September 12, “and there are so few of us, that we simply don’t have the time.” She continued: “We have rape victims three years old,” and even their cases await investigation. Torgny Söderberg, head of the investigation section at the Stockholm police, confirmed the problem on SVT, acknowledging that homicides and attempted homicides draw resources away from rape investigations. “It’s hard to explain why rape cases are piling up awaiting investigation, but the other crimes are even more serious. We are forced to choose between two evils.”

In August of 2016, a woman reported that she had been victim of a gang rape involving ten men in Fittja outside Stockholm. Several suspects were identified early on through forensic evidence and yet it took almost a year until any arrests were made. “I work with rape cases daily, and this is one of the worst rape cases I’ve ever seen,” the victim’s lawyer, Elisabeth Massi-Fritz, told me. “My client has been subject to immense, psychological trauma that will remain with her for the rest of her life. It was nothing short of torture.” And yet, the suspects walked the streets for months before the police found the time to make arrests.

“Unfortunately, the police were too busy and lacked the resources to work the case thoroughly until this spring. Then a number of people were arrested in June,” explained the prosecutor, Markus Hankkio. Ten suspects have now been identified, and the trial will likely begin in October. Over a year after the suspected gang rape, police are now admitting that the same men may have committed more rapes while the police were too busy to investigate this crime, and they are urging other victims to come forward.

Another infamous case in the city of Uppsala became known as the ”Snapchat rape.” Two men filmed their rape of a young girl in real time and then uploaded the video clip to the Snapchat app. Another girl saw the clip, saved it and told her mother, who then alerted the police. It was two months before she was contacted by investigators. “It was terrible, because what you saw in that film, it was the most disgusting thing I’ve ever seen. And that it was so widely spread, and then that they didn’t get arrested,” the mother told SVT. The two suspects were at long last arrested and convicted of rape, but recent statistics show that this is a rare exception to the norm in Sweden. In 2016, only eleven percent of reported rapes were prosecuted, a decrease from twenty percent in 2014.

For more than a decade, the prevailing perception in Sweden has been that rapes and other sex crimes have not become more frequent in spite of data that suggest the contrary. Instead, rising numbers of reported rapes have been dismissed as an effect of a broadened legal definition in 2005 and 2013, and an increased propensity among women to report crimes. Paradoxically, growing rape numbers have thus been used as proof of Swedish gender equality.

There are, however, reasons to think that there may indeed be a real increase in sex crime. While precise numbers are hard to come by, surveys of victims indicate that the share of women in Sweden stating that they have been victims of sex crime has grown rapidly. Self-reported sex crimes doubled between 2012 and 2015, from 1.4 to 3 percent of the female population. The number of women reporting that they feel unsafe in their own neighborhood has increased to almost one in three—an “alarming” development according to The Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (Brå), a government agency.

Controversial art installation “Du Gamla Du Fria” by Mattias Norström, Stockholm. (Photo by Peter Santesson)

Previous studies (by now more than a decade old) have shown a large overrepresentation of immigrants, particularly from patriarchal societies in the Middle East and North Africa, among the suspects of sex crimes in Sweden. Overrepresentation of immigrants has been even higher when it comes to group rapes, especially with three or more assailants. According to an official study from 1996, immigrant males were 4.5 times as likely as Swedes to commit rape. Immigrants from Algeria, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia were particularly overrepresented, being more than 20 times as likely to commit the same crime. In total, 53 percent of rape suspects were either first or second generation immigrants.

A similar study, conducted in 2005, showed an even higher overrepresentation of immigrants among sex crime suspects, by then up to 5.1 times as likely as Swedes to commit rape (see pages 70-77 for a summary in English). In the 2005 study, Brå explained the growing over-representation with reference to demographics and immigration: “[T]he number of people in Sweden belonging to the group of refugees, which have in earlier studies been shown to have an especially high propensity to commit crime, has increased.” It is a plausible hypothesis that the same mechanism is at work now.

During the recent migration crisis, Sweden took in more refugees per capita than any other country in Europe. However, the exact link between sex crimes and immigration is not known, since the Swedish government will not update its statistics, and the data, which are still being collected, have not been made available to the public. In an interview with the Swedish evening tabloid Expressen on February 25, The Minister of Justice, Morgan Johansson, said that the facts are available in the 2005 study, and that no update is necessary.

But since 2005, Sweden has absorbed a large influx of refugees from the overrepresented regions in North Africa and the Middle East. If overrepresentation has not changed dramatically since this last survey, it is reasonable to infer that immigration has contributed to the increase in reported sex crime. The figures may thus actually convey, not a feminist success, but a failure to protect women’s safety.

But open discussion of this subject is thwarted by taboos. Xenophobic movements in and outside Sweden use immigrant rapes as a political weapon to generalize about immigrants, which has made it an understandably sensitive topic. This has added to concerns that multiculturalism is tarnished and created a dilemma for Swedish politicians confronted with a choice between progressive orthodoxies about the benefits of multicultural diversity and the feminist duty to ensure female welfare and safety.

Elisabeth Massi-Fritz, the lawyer who represents the victim of the mass rape in Fittja,
vented her frustration in an Instagram post on October 6:

Reported rapes are increasing and on my desk I have many rapes and group rapes. A majority of the suspects that I meet in these cases are of foreign origin. I don’t know if it is a coincidence that I get these cases? To find out, my colleague called Brå to get a hold of correct statistics, in order to spread information and knowledge. I don’t know the figures. Brå doesn’t have them either, because there are no such statistics? I thought I didn’t hear them right. If we are to work preventively and stop rape, it is time to find out who the perpetrators are.

What we do know from a recent police report is that there is a significant overrepresentation of immigrants when it comes to a growing phenomenon of group harassment of women in public spaces, such as music festivals and public swimming pools.  “The suspects of crimes carried out by a large group of offenders, in public, were mostly people with foreign citizenship. Regarding crimes reported in public swimming pools, the alleged perpetrators were mainly asylum seeking boys,” according to a report issued by police last spring. Similarly, a study from 2014 shows that, of men suspected of rape outdoors in Stockholm between 2008 and 2009, two-thirds were foreign nationals.

Meanwhile, police are busy dealing with rising gang crime. That the police lack sufficient resources to protect women and are prioritising other types of crime has been the subject of harsh recent criticism by feminists in Sweden. According to official government statistics, shootings have increased, especially in so called areas of “social exclusion” – i.e. immigrant areas marked by high unemployment, welfare dependency, and crime. In these areas, reported shootings as a proportion of population are five times higher than in the rest of Sweden.

2014 report by economist Tino Sanandaji shows that the number of areas of social exclusion grew from three in 1990, to more than 180 in 2012. Using a different measure, the Swedish police has identified 61 so-called ”vulnerable areas,” where crimes are significantly affecting the communities. In June, Sweden’s chief-of-police, Dan Eliasson, appealed to both local communities and government authorities to assist the police in dealing with these vulnerable areas. “Help us, help us!” he famously exclaimed at a press conference.

While certain types of crime, such as manslaughter and car theft, have declined over time, recent studies show that Sweden has four to five times as many fatal gun crimes as Norway and Germany. Between 2014 and 2016, police authorities handled more than 100 cases involving hand grenades, an astonishing figure that makes Sweden stand out among countries not at war.

Such levels of gang violence are without parallel in Sweden’s modern history. And with police busy dealing with gang murders and shootings, rape victims wait for justice.

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Paulina Neuding, b.1981, is a Swedish journalist and political commentator. She is a columnist with the Swedish dailies Svenska Dagbladet and Göteborgs-Posten, and her work has appeared in The Jerusalem Post, Die Welt, Project Syndicate and the Weekly Standard, among others. She lives in Stockholm, Sweden.
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Paulina Neuding, b.1981, is a Swedish journalist and political commentator. She is a columnist with the Swedish dailies Svenska Dagbladet and Göteborgs-Posten, and her work has appeared in The Jerusalem Post, Die Welt, Project Syndicate and the Weekly Standard, among others. She lives in Stockholm, Sweden.

55 Comments

  1. DC Smith says

    Not gathering data doesn’t make reality disappear. I’m unclear how this is a feminist paradox. More of a liberal dissonance. Sure, let’s not over-generalize about immigrants from cultures with different values, but let’s not pretend it doesn’t matter.

    • Trish L says

      I agree. A worry in Canada too. We have seen a huge increase in refugees, and I do believe we need to help many of them, but when we are just letting everybody in without investigating their back story, I worry we may be letting in a criminal element along with the truly needy and innocent. Not to say crimes against women do not occur in our own culture, it certainly does, but there is definitely more fear now with people from cultures that openly he no respect for women. A fear that they won’t leave that attitude behind them. There is emphasis on preserving ones culture here, but I really think a melting pot approach, or making newcomers assimilate instead of multicultural( where all keep their culture and views even if it oppresses an individual group like women, or Jewish) may be better.

      • Fix this shit says

        It already begun:

        – 14-year-old girl sexually assaulted by Syrian refugee, in New-Brunswick
        – In Edmonton, Canada, six teenage girls under 16 were allegedly touched (sexually assaulted) by a Syrian refugee, Soleiman Hajj Soleiman, 39, at a water-park.
        – Record year for missing children, in Montreal (probably (((Cucknada))) wide, at this point)

        • David says

          Same here in Germany. The official crime report of 2016 states that immigrants and refugees represent about 0.5 – 2.5 % of the people and commit 10 % of the crimes in general. The rate of sexual crimes is at 15 %.

          After the incident in Cologne on New Year’s Eve of 2015 and especially the failed downplay of the police department of Cologne and the interior ministry of North Rhine-Westphalia, there is much more public awareness of the problems, but we are far from a solution.

  2. Poor Sweden…

    It is, or was, a country that so punched above its weight. I studied at KTH. Walked the forests when from day was indistinguishable from night. Wore stupid hats at kraftor parties. Sailing through the archipelago and sharing little hard apples with some one you tie off your boat with on some little rock. Special is a word we need four removes for a word to describe how awesome Sweden and Swedes are. The take a number and get in the queue is bullshit, but not uniquely Swedish…

    Heartbreaking…

    It was funny, because as a larger than average Southern man in Sweden back in the day the man woman dynamic worked well (for me, at least). My boss was a woman, and ever if there is white dude privilege, it’s it never occurred to me that my boss might be a woman. Boss is boss. Gender never occurred to me, except the non-boss stuff. I would bring her coffee, insist she get on the elevator first, and, yes I am a macho dickhead, elbow people aside so she could get on the train without too much fuss and muss. It wasn’t she was my boss, it was because she was a lady.

    There is my culture. Take it for what it is.

    The point is, I am a knuckle-dragging troglodyte, but I have no problem with women as being bosses, whatever.

    However, when people, and let’s be honest, it’s women are attacked and raped? We don’t have time? Uh… what? What the hell are they doing? What is the priority queue? Let’s put that on the internet or something.

    Is so much crime really going down, that we can’t respond to *rape* with some priority?

    If the question is *no*, then there might be a problem…

    And if this is Sweden, which is a great country which will always hold my heart and undying affection, it’s only *a* country. Is this status quo in Europe?

    Seriously, what are cops doing if they don’t have time to deal with rape? That’s a big story.

    Bill

    • Jared says

      Well we spend most of our money bringing in more of these people, so we can not afford more Police to deal with the consequences. Besides, Police are paid so little and their working situation are so abysmal, that we can´t even fill the spots in the Police academies. And according to a recent study, 80% of the Police force are thinking about quitting. But don´t think the sitting government will reevaluate their priorities, immigration first, everything else….who cares!

    • However awful rape is, murder is surely worse, so I understand their priorities up to a point. The real issue is that they don’t have enough manpower (or willpower) to deal with both sets of crimes, which are both extremely serious and needing attention. The reason, I suspect, is that their police budget is based on crime stats that are becoming rapidly obsolete due to the social impact of mass third-world immigration.

  3. white pawn says

    “Sweden’s Sexual Assault Crisis Presents a Feminist Paradox” how?

    The author seems to be attempting to draw a line between the high percentage of women in Swedish parliament and an increase in rape reports and delay in police response. Paulina: What is the connection? How is men taking paternity leave connected to rapes? If it’s not connected, why do you spend half the the article talking about feminist political victories and the second half talking about rapes?

    “Previous studies (by now more than a decade old) have shown a large overrepresentation of immigrants, particularly from PATRIARCHAL societies in the Middle East and North Africa, among the suspects of sex crimes in Sweden.” [emphasis added]

    So it’s the patriarchal societies producing the rapists? Is the author suggesting that those committing rape are in fact not from the “feminist” society? “Patriarchal societies produce rapists:” again, how is this a “feminist paradox?”

    I’m disappointed in the Quillette for publishing such a shoddy, incoherent article. This article is buzzfeed quality. Please do better, Quillette.

    • annotatedkat says

      @white pawn – A little more reading on Swedish politics will probably make things a little clearer for you. True, the article above glosses over the connections between feminist values and the author’s conclusions about the current state of affairs. Basically it’s about how the feminist government has enacted policies that, in the end, have harmed women. I won’t try to outline (poorly, at best) specifics here; it’s better if you have a look for yourself. To the Google!

      • annotatedkat says

        Re-reading my comment, I realize that I want to make it absolutely clear: specifically the policies surrounding immigration/refugees and inclusion

        • Simon says

          Political correctness can be very naïve sometimes. The Swedish government thought they were being very cool and right on: it turns out they weren’t.

        • Curmudgeon says

          It’s more than that. Feminism requires females to believe that White males are the cause of all of women’s, and the world’s, problems. In order to fix that, they have to bring in other “victims” – non-Whites. Because the non-Whites are victims of White males, they can’t be named, blamed, or shamed for any crimes they commit, because that would be “racist”. Therefore, that statistics don’t need to be updated, because the non-Whites who were born in Sweden are Swedish. That is how “a study from 2014 shows that, of men suspected of rape outdoors in Stockholm between 2008 and 2009, two-thirds were foreign nationals” hides the reality of the perps.

      • white pawn says

        The author doesn’t provide clear evidence supporting her thesis.

        “Go to google and gather evidence to support her thesis yourself.”

        This is quite a bold request! One I must respectfully decline–it’s my job to consider her argument with an open mind, but it’s not my job to construct that argument or gather evidence to support it.

    • PelleChanslös says

      I guess you’re right that it’s technically not a paradox. Stupidity would be a better word to describe the matter. After all, it can hardly be considered a wise thing to strive for female security and equality and at the same time welcome people (predominantly young men) en mass from the culturally most backwards places of the world. Places where women’s inferiority is taken for granted, where females are considered to be worth half the worth of a man and where rape victims themselves have to carry the guilt for being raped. And all of this because an illiterate warmonger told them that’s the way things ought to be… 1400 years ago. Let’s hope for this insanity to stop. Please keep up the good work, Quillette.

    • Jared Telegdi says

      It’s very sensible actually. Feminists vehemently promote multiculturalism, mass immigration & Marxism while denouncing racism, eurocentrism, etc. So while being self described a feminist government, they ignore and suppress evidence of violence against women from certain groups they consider forbidden to criticise because of their cultural, ethnic or religious backgrounds. They consider aknowledging these things to be promoting xenophobia even though it’s affecting women in terrible ways. Hence the paradox.

      The main reason why the data is 10 years old is because the Swedish government refuses to release data that provides the identities or affiliations of the people perpetrating these crimes.

      So it’s not incoherent and I think it was handled delicately enough.

      • Carl Grover says

        Exactly, Jared. I, too, assumed the argument was apparent, as it seems common knowledge what feminists “typically” support, and denounce.

    • No, she was not linking the percentage of women in parliament with an increase in rape reports. She was using both bits of evidence to demonstrate a paradox in Sweden’s attitude towards women’s rights, namely that Sweden appears to celebrate women’s rights in some areas but subordinates them to other concerns, like multiculturalism, in other areas. The paradox is not that patriarchal societies produce rapists; the paradox is that Sweden is turning itself back into a patriarchal rape culture because it does not realize that you can have women’s rights or you can have multiculturalism, but not both.

  4. Ingrid Carlqvist spoke about burning Bullerby already in 2012. In her speach you can find on YT she names all the reasons for the transforming country. For me its sad to see my favourite country is going down the drain. I first knew Sweden in 1996 during Vis Festival in Västervik, when the process of transformation was in the early stages of development. 20 years later i was shocked when i returned to Sweden the last time, cities like Gothenburg or Stockholm were completely unrecognisable. Tommy from Tyskland

  5. The article tries to be balanced, Swedish style, but it seems the reality is pretty grim and it is almost too late to put things out politely. Real victims are losing the battle against ideological lunatics and greedy government officials.

  6. New2Quillette says

    Having just recently discovered Quillette, I must say I have so far been delighted with the quality of the articles here. However, this one stands out as being frustratingly vacant.

    I was genuinely curious, based on the title, about what the author might have to say. Unfortunately, the article makes no points, cleaves to no lines of reasoning, draws no conclusions, and in fact simply seems to blather on, and on, and on—without substantiating, or even so much as further referring to, the premise of a “feminist paradox.”

    • I agree to an extent. The call to action seems to be “police should take rape more seriously” while acknowledging that police are overburdened with gang violence and don’t have the resources to deal with increasing rape reports. I suppose she could have called for more public money to be spent on hiring, arming and training police, but she curiously does not do so. Mass Muslim immigration is mentioned as a factor, but the obvious call to action there, i.e. restrict such immigration and start deporting known criminals, is not raised. I think she wanted to hint at such a conclusion but not state it too openly for fear of PC backlash.

  7. Sweden is fast going down. Once maybe the safeties country in the world is now a dangerous place. In 1950 there were 195 000 reported crimes. In 2016 there were 1,600 000 reported crimes and the brutality in this crimes now days is beyond incomparable.

    1950 there were 7 000 000 milion swedes. In 2017 there are 10 000 000 million “swedes” It’s estimated 30% of the population is now from abroad or is children to people from abroad. 30% of 10 000 000 milion is 3 000 000. So the population of swedes is almost the exlakly number as it was over 67 years ago.

    And we now that almost al gang crime and the overvelhming rapes attack is done by “refuges” and former refuges and their offspring. But this is totally uneceptebe to say. You will lose your job and many friends if you do so. The papers will publish your name and face in the papers so everybody can see who is now acceptable to punnisch.

    The hatred many people has to entick swedes is so sick but no one has ever been punish for it. It’s ok to attack,rape and use what ever word you won’t against a swede, it won’t be considering a hate crime. But if you as a swede say anything you will be pursikated for it. What is happinging in Sweden is a crime against the humanity. If you reed FN and what is seen as a genocide. It’s al systematically, they see swedes as a inferior people that isn’t worth anything, especially the woman’s that they see as white whores. They don’t even bodder to keep it to them selves because the state is supporting them and doing everything they can to cover it up. Today you can still go to the court and se the name of the persecuted but not much longer. The government are planing to stop that so no one will now who they are. And the papers? Well they don’t say anything of course and the papers who does is considering a rasist and fake news. In 20-30 years swedes will be refuges in there own country. Just wait and see.

  8. Mrs. Schroeder says

    Maybe Ms Neuding automatically assumed the feminist paradox is as widely discussed in the anglosaxon world (sorry about this generalization) as is it is on the right in Sweden and Italy, Austria, maybe Germany? I.e. that the western radical feminists apply a hierarchy to their priorities, that never actually put women on top. Best illustrated by the fact that whenever there is a brutal gang rape the feminists organize rallies – against racism. A 14-year old girl was sexually harassed at church camp by the male afghan overseer – who slept in the girls room. She protested without getting help from the church leaders (implying she’s racist), and now the pro-immigration censorship network #jagärhär (I’m here) is slutshaming the girl, supporting the perpetrator.

    Also: it’s not true the number on ethnicity are not collected, they are, it’s just illegal to make them public, because of racism.

  9. Mr Svensson says

    From a Swedish perspective I have no problem in understanding Mrs Neuding’s article, including the headline. Although, of course, the article is borne by a clear opinion.

    After a hundred years of endeavor to gender equality, to date Sweden at least have come to the point that we are among the most equal countries in the world. This has meant, among other things, that women have been able to live in public environments on the same terms as men.

    In a few years this fact has unfortunately changed; Many women are scared or feel uncomfortable in many situations on streets and squares, in public transport and at public baths, etc. This because of the risk of being sexually harassed or attacked.

    The paradox consists of that our society for the moment is not standing up for female rights, by failing to take adequate measures. In order not to risk being accused of racism, our society chooses to deny available facts.

    The fact that the police prioritize the investigation of shootings between criminals (where the involved often not cooperate with the police in the investigations) before rapes, may not be an issue of gender equality possibly. Nevertheless, that priority does not increase neither women’s safety nor gender equality in Sweden.

    • Roger M says

      This is because the equality was reached by men standing down and weakening themselves. Not by women improving themselves or doing better than men. This has left the entire nation vulnerable.

  10. Lissa Bowden says

    The main title of this article should more accurately reflect the political paradox in Sweden. They have some of the most excellent provisions in place for families and women. However, from the sounds of this article, their horrible immigration policy is hurting women, and their established society as a whole! I don’t agree with everything American President Trump does, but I wish the liberal media would cut him some slack on his proposed immigration reform. I think he is onto something, and this confirms my feelings on the matter.

  11. Paul E says

    What’s the problem? The Left has clearly established Muslims as the top of the intersectionality totem pole. Blacks and Gays are next and then Women and finally white straight men aren’t even on the totem pole.

    Since the increase in rape and gang violence is nearly completely a result of the increase in Muslim men from the Middle East then it cannot be dealth with lest the most “oppressed” people be impacted. Since women are now subordinate the Muslim men on the heirarchy they must subordinate their safety to the primative and savage whims of Muslims who feel that women are property. Swedish women will not be able to travel alone anymore or show their faces without covers if they wish to stay safe.

    Identity politics and intersectionality render women second class citizens. It isn’t as if this isn’t widely known. Take a look at the Rotherham organized child rape and abduction racket that wasn’t stopped (even after it’s made international headlines) because it’s Muslim men who are raping and abducting women for sex slaves.

    To the left women are just a voting bloc they use until a more effective one emerges, now that Muslims are brought in and supported by government and they turn a blind eye to their crimes they have a more united voting bloc. It’s what you get when you vote left.

    • Either they empower their Swedish men they will be subjugated by the Muslims. Maybe they would rather be forcibly raped by the manly Muslims yhan marry their effeminate men

      • seline says

        You are sick. “….rather be forcibly raped by manly muslims” ??? Any man who forcibly rapes has not an ounce of manliness in him. They need to teach the muslim men to treat women as equals. They need to be taught how to respect women and how to function in a society where women and men are valued equally. Your comment reveals your sickness.

  12. Why dont these women being of equal strength by fiat of the feminist movement protect themselves? Wgy not pack a gun a knife a batton scissors whatever and defend themselves or better atrack their tormentors? Are they waiting for their men yo do that? They will not. They have been convinced of their innate inferiority for so long they will not risk themselved for the free liberated women who shun them

  13. Good initiative. Sloppy, inconsistent terminology. Not the only journalist who neglects to make clear distinctions between refugees and illegal immigrants who come for economic reasons.

  14. Jim Austin says

    Not paradox. Bait and switch.

    Feminism is leftist bait and switch.

    The bait is women’s rights, equality, safety, all righteous goals, truly “a standard to which the wise and honest can repair,” as George Washington would have said, with opposition largely confined to the ignorant, the bigoted, the malevolent, the incredibly stupid.

    Then the left switches 180 degrees to support the very opposite. They ally themselves with a death cult that legitimizes and validates abuse and oppression of women, where the areas they dominate are scenes of female genital mutilations, honor killings, rape, sex slavery, child marriages, wife beating and murder of assertive women. The left ends up defending and supporting, as in, aiding and abetting, the worst misogynist faction ever to infest this planet.

    Bait and switch.

  15. The author for some reason fails to mention that study after study, including those performed in Sweden, show that crime, including sexual offenses is linked and predicted first and foremost by poverty, rather then culture or ethnic origins.

    • Mindy says

      Really? Thats great! Please give me the link to 10 of those reports. Thanks in advance./Mindy

    • David says

      I too would love to see this? Ironically, you have a case of The Stockholm Syndrome. The Swedish government has done all it can to try to cover up the immigrant rape and violence issue. Sadly Mike its people like you who just want to believe what they believe and not look at the facts that gets in the way of sorting these problems out.

    • Let’s say it’s caused by poverty and the recent immigrants and their descendants commit so much more crime is because they are poor. Well, isn’t that what Sweden’s famous welfare state is supposed to fix? Why are there pockets of “social exclusion” in a society that is supposed to be the best at integrating the marginalized? Is it possible maybe that the welfare state is not all it’s cracked up to be and that the real reason Sweden up until recently was socially successful was because it was populated almost entirely by Swedes rather than Somalis?

  16. David says

    Old School perspective: if you can’t protect women and children then your civilisation is in big trouble. The problem in Sweden is with the Swedes judging incomers by their own moral code and sadly this has been taken advantage of. The irony is that their own charity has been their undoing and now they have a real problem on their hands that will spiral out of control unless the firm hand (of patriarchy?) is reintroduced. However this will not be accepted by the Swedes and so things will just get worse.

  17. As a matter of urgency, you need to start repatriating large numbers of these migrants. Not all, but a significant proportion. Your civilisation simply cannot support them and your women do not deserve to go through this hell. Invest all the money you can in paying them to return to their countries where they can set up much needed businesses etc. It will be worth it in the long run.

  18. Ugly Kid Joe says

    Thank you P. Neuding for this insightful, courageous, calm, and especially well-written article. I hope to read again from you on Quillette.

  19. If so many women feel unsafe, why don’t they arm themselves and shoot anybody that tries to attack them? It is every person’s right and duty to defend themselves from attack as best as they are able.

  20. MattW says

    > Men give women equality
    > Women tell men they to stop being so brutish
    > Some men side with women to gain political power
    > Govt enforced feminization of men occurs bolstered by mass media messaging
    > Women resent men for being weak
    > Women invite in foreign interlopers who take what they want and don’t care about calls for civility
    > Native swedish men say ‘hmm there’s something wrong here’
    > Women say ‘Stop being racist’

  21. In short, the Swedes have decided on collective suicide.

    Good: They aways were a pretty sleazy bunch trying to have it both ways with the Nazis and the Allies, the Kaiser and the Allies, Napoleon and the Allies and now the jihadi and the feminists; it’s all typically Swedish behavior.

    Apologies to my cousins in Stockholm and Lingköping.

  22. drorharari says

    In the land of Israel, just before it declared independence, there were cases of Arabs raping Jewish girls with the British police not doing much about it (“busy with other stuff”). In one well known case, a rapist was caught by a paramilitary organization and was castrated on the spot – this is something that was and is very well understood in Islam (the doctrine of an eye for an eye). I would not be surprised to start seeing citizens taking the low in their hand in the country and law stop protecting the citizens. This is one of the bases of law abiding society and the Swedes and other Europeans (e.g. Germans) are ruining their own cultures by failing in this basic civil duty.

    • Curmudgeon says

      In Palestine, just before the Zionists declared independence, the British police were busy trying to stop Irgun and the Stern gangs from killing Arabs, blowing up hotels, and booby trapping dead British soldiers. They weren’t investigating those gangs raping Arab women either.

  23. Cami Grenfeld says

    Sweden is long dead, putting the rights of immigrant rapists above the rights of the victims to enforce their multicultural utopia. Willingly suppressing statistics that expose the lies of EU mass immigration shows you exactly how much contempt they have for the public, falling in line with the rest of the EU nazi states. They are not feminists or human beings for that matter, they don’t care about women’s rights or any natives rights either.

    Most of you don’t even know how bad it is in Sweden, it is at tipping point yet anyone who questions it is labeled right-wing, its right wing to expect a woman to be able to walk down the street without being gang raped by people you have invited into your country to help?

  24. Bosse says

    We have a government that call themselves “the first feminist government”, and at the same time the police don’t have time to investigate rape cases within a acceptable timeframe, as Neuding gives several examples of. And the trend is not going the right way.

  25. Paul Marks says

    The problem is not “the Middle East” or “North Africa” as geographical areas, nor is it “patriarichal societies” (and nor, racialists please note, is the problem skin colour) – the problem is ISLAM. What Mohammed taught and what he personally did – to this day he is considered the “perfect model of conduct” including in his treatment of “infidel” women.

    Whilst feminism remains trapped in the thinking of the Frankfurt School of Marxism, which sees Islam as the victim of the “oppression of the Capitalist West” not as a real threat, the situation will just get worse.

  26. Rafaelo says

    Very sad and interesting to see what has happened with Sweden. Is Sweden the canary in the coal mine for the Western World?

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