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Senator Says Some Women Think Catcalling Is ‘Wonderful’ And Twitter Loses It

People on Twitter are barely keeping their cool right now after hearing what Australian senator Malcolm Roberts had to say about catcalling.

Roberts, a member of Australia’s far-right One Nation political party, was discussing laws on sexual harassment on ABC’s Radio National “Drive” program with host Patricia Karvelas, when the topic turned to the differences between verbal and physical forms of abuse.

Karvelas asked Roberts if he believed verbal sexual harassment should be illegal in the same way physical harassment is.

A screenshot of a tweet which says "Australian senator Malcolm Roberts says some women like wolf whistles and laws go too far in protecting women from sexual harassment"

Twitter

The senator responded,

Well we know when someone… is a wolf-whistle harassment? It depends upon the person. Some girls think that that is wonderful, they, you know, they smile. Others are offended. So, wolf-whistle in one court are we going to outlaw it, and another court we’re going to say it’s fine, a compliment?

When Karvelas asked if this meant he believes sexual harassment laws go too far, he said yes.

Roberts continued,

I haven’t seen the sexual harassment laws so I’d need to read them first.

Mmm, sure, you go ahead and do that.

If you’re having trouble putting your rage into words, Twitter is here to help you.

Or maybe not.

A screenshot of a tweet which says "@tim_rust @MarkDiStef Exactly. Damn you 140 char limit!"

Twitter


We’re all having trouble expressing our emotions on this one.

A screenshot of a tweet which says "@MarkDiStef I have tried & tried to come up with a suitable name for this man, afraid all I can come up with is: What an absolute fuckjubble"

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Maybe someone needs to start asking Roberts the real hard-hitting questions…

A screenshot of a tweet which says "@MarkDiStef Ask him how does he know which like it and which don't? #rockandahardplace"

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… for which I’m sure he has only the most reliable evidence.

A screenshot of a tweet which says "@MarkDiStef @PatsKarvelas I bet he has empirical evidence and everything"

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Really, though, it seems like the Australian senator simply doesn’t get it.

A screenshot of a tweet which says "@MarkDiStef because women are asked if they like it before they are harassed"

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He doesn’t get why women smile at men who verbally harass them.

A screenshot of a tweet which says "@MarkDiStef jesus christ sometimes we smile because if we don't react positively we could be assaulted"

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How could he? He’s apparently never even read the laws on any of this.

A screenshot of a tweet which says ".....then he immediately follows his opinion on sexual harassment laws with ...'I haven't seen the sexual harassment laws'"

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If you aspire to not be like Malcolm Roberts, you’re welcome to read about Australia’s Sex Discrimination Act here to educate yourself a bit.

Knowledge is power, guys. With technology being as accessible as it is these days, there’s simply no excuse for this kind of ignorance, especially for people who are elected into positions of power.

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CITATIONS BuzzFeed News & 2 other
  1. BuzzFeed News

    Senator Says Some "Girls" Like Being "Wolf-Whistled"

  2. Federal Register of Legislation

    Sex Discrimination Act of 1984

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