For one supposedly intelligent dude, ASSange is a moron.
One of the grounds that ASSange was fighting extradition to Sweden was on the grounds that he ‘was likely to be extradited to the United States … and possibly executed!!11!!’.
Poor baby, but as Great Britain is so far up the butt of the good ol’ USofA, then he is far more likely to be extradited from here than from Sweden. It would be sweet if he appealed, won his ‘right’ to stay here, then got handed over to the ‘mericans. Poetic.
Anyway, his infamous quote that Sweden was the “Saudi Arabia of Feminism” is the biggest piece of oxymoronic bullshit ever. For one supposedly so smart, not so smart.
Breaking it down, ‘Saudi Arabia of Feminism’ cannot be taken to mean that Saudi is the pinacle of feminism (obviously) due to most females in the country being under Sharia Law and have very few rights at all, like leaving the home without a male relative escort or being able to drive a car. Whilst there is a feminist movement/desire there to increase the rights and freedoms for women, Saudi women want it on their own terms and not a duplication of ‘western freedoms’. Fair enough. It is up to them to decide for themselves what they want.
So what ASSange really means with the ‘Saudi Arabia of feminism’ crack is that in a country where women have few rights, he is aligning himself with the most oppressed group within that country. That’s mighty white of you ASSange.
It boils down to him, being a comparitively wealthy white dude, having to draw on the oppressions of women as a class to illustrate his (perceived) predicament and (supposed) ‘lack of rights’. That’s because white dudes are the one group on the planet with the most freedoms and lack of persecution. It is exactly the same as when dudes spew out “it was like I was raped!!!”, when most of them have no idea what it is actually like to be raped, nor do most of them live with the day-to-day threat of rape, or the consequences like pregnancy that could result from rape. It is minimising and erasing our oppression because we were born female. By one of the oppressor class no less!
ASSange. The boy is full of bullshit.