We don’t often hear about Belgium unless they’ve done some royal screwing of the pooch (see Socialism: Belgium Psych Wards Are Now Euthanizing Mentally Ill Patients). This story is no exception. A Belgian man is the first person to be convicted under the country’s “sexism” law. His offense is arranging mean words into a problematic pattern. Yes, really.
A court in Brussels fined him €3,000 for insulting a police officer because of her gender, Le Soir reported. The Belgian case involved a driver who was stopped for breaking the highway code. The young man insulted the police officer because of her gender.
He said she would be better off doing a job “adapted to women”, in a scene witnessed by several other people. The driver was found guilty of three charges: contempt of a police officer, making threats and sexist remarks in public, and a serious violation of another person’s dignity because of her gender.
He was warned that if he failed to pay the fine, a prison term of a month would be imposed.
“This is the first time we have used this law to prosecute someone,” said Gilles Blondeau, spokesman for the public prosecutor’s office. “It is quite common for people arrested by the police to insult and threaten. But to personally blame a policewoman because of her sex is different.”
No, actually. It’s not different. Whether he insulted her for being a cop or insulted her for being a lady cop, the nature of the insult remains the same. Mean words.
It’s one thing to slap the chatty chap with resisting arrest. This sexism charge opens up a whole different can of gender neutral worms. It means anyone in Belgium can be convicted of anything perceived to be sexist. Maybe it’s “you suck at your job because you’re weak and womanly,” maybe it’s “I like your shoes.” Something also tells me the law likely favors women.
These laws are becoming a trend among Europe, like terrorism or slightly toned men wearing shirts two sizes too small (see SEXISM: ‘Misogyny’ Now a Hate Crime in the UK. Man-Hating Perfectly Fine and France to Fine Men for ‘Sexist’ Comments in Public. Women Get a Free Pass.). Sexist policies are rooted in the feminist bias currently dominating mainstream culture. It’s making its way across places like Hollywood and Europe, ravaging unsuspecting communities in its path.
Progress: 1, humanity: 0.