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Belgium bans a wide range of sexist speech
Washington Post ^ | March 21, 2014 | Eugene Volokh

Posted on 03/22/2014 7:50:34 AM PDT by Publius804

Rik Torfs, rector of the University of Leuven, and Jogchum Vrielink, coordinator of the Centre for Discrimination Law at the University of Leuven, pass along a guest post — quoted below — about a new Belgian law that provides (Vrielink’s translation):

Penalization of Sexism

For the purposes of this Act, the concept of sexism will be understood to mean any gesture or act that, in the circumstances of Article 444 of the Penal Code,* is evidently intended to express contempt for a person because of his gender, or that regards them as inferior, or reduces them to their sexual dimension, and which has the effect of violating someone’s dignity....

...Vrielink reports that the law will indeed cover not just face-to-face insults, but also things said about people in print or in other forms of mass communications. Thus, I infer, it would be a crime to publish newspaper articles or blog posts that say a politician, journalist, criminal, or whoever else is inferior because of his or her gender, or intentionally show contempt for the person because of his or her gender, or “reduce them to their sexual dimension,” and which has the effect of violating someone’s dignity.

Moreover, this might apply not just to statements about particular people, but also to statements about men or women generally — e.g., that men or women are biologically (or even just as a matter of current cultural reality) inferior to the other sex in some ways — or about particular subgroups of men or women.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bigbrother; feminism; hatespeech; sexism

1 posted on 03/22/2014 7:50:34 AM PDT by Publius804
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To: Publius804

Yeah, that’ll work.


2 posted on 03/22/2014 7:51:53 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Publius804

Sounds bossy.


3 posted on 03/22/2014 7:52:47 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Publius804

Miserable Fat Belgian Bastards.


4 posted on 03/22/2014 7:53:01 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Publius804

Still no penalty for child euthanasia though. In fact, that’s encouraged.


5 posted on 03/22/2014 7:55:58 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Publius804

Isn’t “penal code” sexist?


6 posted on 03/22/2014 7:57:37 AM PDT by cbvanb
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To: Publius804
...and which has the effect of violating someone’s dignity....

And who is it that will determine when one's "dignity" has been violated? Oh,OK....it's the person making the complaint.So this will surely mean that in Belgium the phrase "pig dog oppressor of Allah's chosen people" will be just fine and "chill out...I was just joking about mohammed" will get you five years.

7 posted on 03/22/2014 7:59:09 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: dfwgator
Miserable Fat Belgian Bastards.

I prefer "the Phlegms".

8 posted on 03/22/2014 8:00:34 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Or “The Sprouts”.


9 posted on 03/22/2014 8:02:01 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Publius804
"or reduces them to their sexual dimension"

Good. I guess this means that Belgium has outlawed pornography and gay-pride parades. (sarc)
10 posted on 03/22/2014 8:03:18 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Publius804

Wonder if this will apply to the Muslims.


11 posted on 03/22/2014 8:06:01 AM PDT by ChocChipCookie ("Demons run when a good man goes to war.")
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To: Publius804

Belgium courts will soon be overwhelmed!


12 posted on 03/22/2014 8:07:06 AM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: Publius804

Even worse, women actually believe that this socially suicidal totalitarianism benefits and protects them. The blind leading the blind...


13 posted on 03/22/2014 8:31:16 AM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Publius804

They are so busy with this while the entire continent is being overrun with people who could never care about their cultural rules.

Their pacifism is overwhelming them. they busy themselves with this non fight so they can feel better about their utter wimpiness.

We were there some years ago for a religious celebration. They are ostensibly Catholic.

The participants were lovely. The shopkeepers and townspeople were remarkably the nastiest in all the European towns and cities we visited. And we make a good attempt at their languages.

It was very strange.


14 posted on 03/22/2014 8:32:58 AM PDT by stanne
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To: Publius804
Even their stupid reams of regulations on how much curvature a banana can have was more intelligent then this stuff.
15 posted on 03/22/2014 8:36:55 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: Publius804
the law will indeed cover not just face-to-face insults, but also things said about people in print or in other forms of mass communications.

In other words, the Bible will be outlawed.

16 posted on 03/22/2014 8:56:31 AM PDT by aimhigh (John 14:21)
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To: Publius804

Europe is degenerate.


17 posted on 03/22/2014 9:18:58 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (My citizenship is not here.)
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To: TADSLOS

Nope. The Culture of Death doing what it does, killing in small measures as well as large.

Why do we remain in NATO to provide janisseries for these decadent scum?


18 posted on 03/22/2014 9:20:38 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (My citizenship is not here.)
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To: Publius804

All over the world people are refusing to act like adults.

Freedom doesn’t last very long under those conditions.


19 posted on 03/22/2014 10:02:33 AM PDT by Catmom (We're all gonna get the punishment only some of us deserve.)
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To: Publius804

Those women sure are nags.


20 posted on 03/22/2014 12:43:19 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Mohammed was a pedophile and Islam is a Totalitarian Death Cult.)
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To: stanne

“The shopkeepers and townspeople were remarkably the nastiest in all the European towns and cities we visited.”

That may be in French speaking Brussels and home of the EU. I didn’t find that to be the case in other areas of Belgium when I stay there for months at a time.

But you are right, their pacifism and political correctness will be the end of them. Antwerp had a Muslim mayor or council member who said his first allegiance is to Islam.


21 posted on 03/22/2014 1:05:02 PM PDT by A'elian' nation ("Political Correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred." Jacques Barzun)
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To: A'elian' nation

We were In Bruges They were pissed we were there. Big catholic celebration.

They make it up as they go along like libs do. The Muslims don’t


22 posted on 03/22/2014 1:08:49 PM PDT by stanne
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To: cbvanb

“Isn’t “penal code” sexist?”

No, that would be “penile code.” Same thing with “penile institution.”


23 posted on 03/22/2014 1:28:37 PM PDT by PLMerite
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To: Publius804
Well, this law only applies to men dumb enough to actually talk to feminists - so it may be more of a natural selection process than an injustice. :)

It will be fun to watch the Left explain why the exact same phrase is vile sexism when uttered by a white male and a protected form of cultural expression when uttered by a Muslim.

24 posted on 03/22/2014 1:40:47 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ([CTRL-GALT-DELETE])
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To: Da Coyote

Old Europe just legislatimg itself into extinction.

Good riddance.


25 posted on 03/22/2014 2:32:50 PM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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