A Swedish music festival has banned men ‘until ALL men have learned to behave themselves’
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I have a penis. This natural phenomenon is my contribution to an important statistic. Because I have a penis I am more likely to commit sexual assault. Statistics tell us that women are more likely to be the victims of sexual assault, and common sense tells us that sexual assault is bad for the victim. Therefore I am part of a group which is socially, morally, and ethically dangerous, and which makes the world an unpleasant place for women. Bråvalla, Sweden’s largest music festival, was due to be cancelled next year after it emerged that twenty-seven people were sexually assaulted, with four of those reported as rape, at this year’s event. The festival experienced similar violations last year and so the decision was taken to end the whole show, because, as the organisers phrased it, ‘certain men apparently cannot behave’. In response, alleged comedian and radio presenter Emma Kynckare sent out the following Tweet: "What do you think about putting together a really cool festival where only non-men are welcome, that we'll run until ALL men have learned how to behave themselves?" This idea proved popular and, soon afterwards, Ms Kynckare confirmed that "Sweden's first man-free rock festival will see the light next summer." There we have it. Everyone’s happy. Except that we’re not, actually. I don’t care for festivals but I do very much care about hypocrisy. The rape of reason is a crime of kind, too. Sweden has taken the cause of ‘anti-discrimination’ to absurd and damaging heights. It is no stranger sexual assaults at festivals, as well as other places of revelry. You might recall the organised mass-assault perpetrated against women in Cologne on New Year’s Eve, and the revelation that the German authorities had deliberately underreported the number of these attacks and tried to withhold certain information about the alleged perpetrators. You might not remember that the same thing happened in Sweden.
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