A nude painting named Juno, which was painted by baroque artist G E Schröder and has hung in the dining room of the Swedish Parliament for 30 years has been taken down for fear of offending the sensitivities of feminists and Muslim visitors, Swedish newspaper, The Local reported on Thursday.The similarity in Muslim and feminist sensitivities surely warms the cockles of your heart, doesn't it? I wonder whether at the end of the day Swedish feminists will persuade Muslim men to urinate sitting, agreeing in turn to don burqas. All in all, not a bad deal.
On the other hand* - and this is where the conflictual relationship shows up forcefully:
A Swedish prosecutor said a court's decision to acquit a man who masturbated on a public beach makes it "OK to masturbate on the beach."Since there is no mention of a feminist or Muslim outcry, I guess that activity is not disturbing these two groups, not as Juno in the dining room of the Swedish Parliament does.
The 65-year-old man had been charged with sexual assault after he took off his shorts and masturbated at Stockholm's Drevviken beach June 6, but the Sodertorn District Court ruled the man could not be convicted of sexual assault because his masturbation was not directed at a specific person, The Local.se reported Thursday.
But conflictual relationship doesn't stop there, it continues to other domains:
Sweden's excellent English language newspaper, The Local, is reporting today a story that many will find shocking. It transpires that a country well known for its left-Liberal attitudes is now allowing convicted rapists of young children to adopt.Tolerance, shmolerance: you call it conflictual relationship, I call it brain softening.
The man, who is in his 60s, has been found guilty of more than 90 crimes, mostly different types of fraud. The regional Helsingborgs Dagblad (HD) newspaper reported on Friday that the man was also convicted of molesting his neighbour's then five-year-old daughter in 2004, and was also suspected of raping a young teenage girl.
(*) I really didn't intend that "on the other hand" to become a pun. Apologies to all concerned.