Sexism and the City -- Zagreb's mayor champions misogyny

"If I were a woman, I would be the best one -- because I give (it) to everyone," head of Croatian capital Milan Bandić told media. Despite public criticism for yet another degrading comment in his richly sexist career, the mayor refused to apologize. 

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Why this story matters:

Not only did he not apologize, but he continued with his aggressive self-defense when reporters confronted him. "Look at yourself, how do you behave," he responded with disrespect to a female journalist who repeatedly asked him if his statement was inappropriate. 

For the last twenty years, Bandić has humiliated and provoked women through his public statements. He thinks he's funny. Many Croats agree with him. 

But there are also those who find it disgusting and who will hopefully not give him their votes any longer.

Details from the story:

  • Milan Bandić is currently serving his sixth term as a mayor of Zagreb. 
  • During that time, he was involved in numerous cases of violations of laws and conflicts with media.  

Examples of his sexist remarks:

  • September 2008: "What does it mean to be successful? To get rich without work, it's a success, it's a pattern of behavior. Being "in", being cool, that means being a tough guy, kicking someone. Who are the women who like pussy men? You want to tell me that they like pussy men? They love tough guys, a guy who has five to ten major fights behind him, and with severe injuries (...) to have a scar as big as possible." (Source: Jutarnji list)
  • October 2014: "I would like to tell moms from the Upper Town (part of Zagreb) that they should take care of their children and let me do my work." (Source: Večernji list; on citizen demands for better pedestrian zoning in one part of the city)
  • August 2015: "This is the first stage of arrangements of Dolac (part of the city). It's a makeup. It's like when a girl wants to get married, but God did not make her worthy, but she wants to leave the impression of a neat lady. It's just that exterior facade -- it covers up, but in the inside is not very good." (Source: N1; on works at Dolac Market)
  • September 2016: "Did you ever give birth? You did not, so don't talk about it." (Source:; Bandić told female journalist Mirjana Hrga who asked him the questions about the situation in Zagreb kindergartens)

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