When prominent men call women names

Hysterical, little calf or little gypsy -- prominent Slovak men still feel entitled to devalue women publicly.

Ria Gehrerová
Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
Source: Denník N
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MP Lucia Ďuriš Nicholsonová responding to Danko, YouTube

Why this story matters:

Over the past few days, three incidents have revealed that Slovak men still have a long way to go when it comes to talking with and about women on the public stage. 

It all started with a political discussion and ended with Slovak Parliamentary Speaker Andrej Danko calling his political opponent and SaS MP Lucia Ďuriš Nicholsonová, "a little gypsy" (cigánočka) live on TV.

The second incident took place when well-known Slovak journalist Eugen Korda, who often offers unsolicited comments about women's appearances, published a photo of two women on public transport and posted it on his Facebook with the comment: "Choose one." Many women rebuked him, but he refused to delete the post, labelling the women "hysterical".

Lastly, a member of parliament called a journalist a "little calf" (orig. teliatko).

What should we react to these comments? In the words of Marie Kondo, do these men spark joy? If not, do we have to keep them?

Details from the story:

  • Slovak parliamentary speaker Andrej Danko is head of the Slovak National Party (SNS) which is well known for their nationalistic and racist comments. He was also accused of plagiarism last year and opponents, including Nicholsonová, asked for his resignation.
  • “I was granted my degree legally, I’m using it legally and no little gypsy from the SaS will take liberties with me,” Andrej Danko said.
  • Nicholsonová has filed a complaint because she thinks the nickname she was given is racist.
  • A Roma politician and a former head of the NGO People against racism Irena Bihariová (Progressive Slovakia - PS) published a reaction on Facebook where she wonders how angry the  parliamentary speaker would be when he meets a "real little gypsy" in a TV discussion.
  • The journalist Eugen Korda, who is known also for his sexist comments, deleted his post after a few hours. In a new post, he explained, that he did not delete it because of hysterical women, but because three male friends told them to do it.

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