Julian Assange says “Sweden is the Saudi Arabia of feminism” and he is a victim of “revolutionary feminism”

Oh good. Julian Assange keeps talking. In a recent interview, he said he was bewildered by the sexual assault allegations against him. He sees himself a victim of radicalism:

“Sweden is the Saudi Arabia of feminism,” he said. “I fell into a hornets’ nest of revolutionary feminism.”

Honey, I wish Sweden was a nest of “revolutionary feminism,” but I really don’t think it’s quite there yet.

Maybe Assange is confused because he doesn’t seem to grasp the basics of consent. He says one of the women “arrived at a lunch in a revealing pink cashmere sweater, flirted with him, and took him home.” And the other woman took a “’trophy photo’ of him lying naked in her bed.” Well, ok, that’s nice. And also totally irrelevant to the accusations against him, since both women have said that the sexual encounters began consensually but at some point stopped being consensual. That pink cashmere might have screamed “unprotected sex against my will” to Assange, but I’m guessing that wasn’t the woman’s intention.

And then there’s this charming quote:

“She says they had consensual sex but she woke up the next morning to find him having intercourse with her to which she had not consented.

When she asked him if he was wearing anything, he had allegedly said: ‘I am wearing you.’”

Not ok, dude. If you think it’s fine to penetrate a woman when she’s asleep, without a condom when she’s explicitly stated that she has not agreed to unprotected sex, respond with a line as god awful as that, and still claim to be positively baffled by the complaints against you, I really can’t help you.

We don’t know if Assange is guilty of these allegations. But between these quotes, his truly terrible OkCupid profile, and the leaked excerpts from his diaries, I, for one, am ready to definitively conclude that–at the very least–Assange is a huge tool. And supporters of “revolutionary feminism” worldwide should probably boycott having sex with him ever again.

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Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • http://cabaretic.blogspot.com nazza

    The term “pseudo-intellectual”, followed by “fanciful braggart” enters my mind first.

  • jss

    ‘supporters of “revolutionary feminism” worldwide should probably boycott having sex with him ever again.”

    Supporters of public health and disease control tried to boycott having unprotected sex with him.

    Unfortunately, he is (at least allegedly) a RAPIST. That means there is NO boycotting any kind of sex with him, unless he gets locked up in the manner he so richly deserves.

  • http://feministing.com/members/steveo/ Steven Olson

    Julian Assange is not a victim of feminism, but he is a victim. He may or may not be guilty of the accusations against him, and he certainly seems to be guilty of being a sexist jerk. I particularly “loved” his diary entry about female mathematics. But he is still also a victim because of how he was arrested and denied bail. From what I have read, Sweden hadn’t even formally charged him when the warrant for his arrest was issued in Britain. That seems so wrong on so many levels. I hope he faces his accusations in Sweden and that the courts can sort through all of the noise and find out what really happened (I have heard so many conflicting stories I am not sure what to believe). I also hope that he is not extradited and goes of his own free will. I am pretty sure the former will happen, but I think we won’t get the chance to see if he will choose to go to Sweden to face the accusations.

  • http://feministing.com/members/zeenacheda/ Dan C

    I’ve finally heard enough. He might be brilliant when it comes to computers and publicity, but he seems to have some deep seated issues with women. Too bad.