Dutch far-right politician believes women want to be overpowered

Thierry Baudet's Forum for Democracy party won 13 seats in the recent Dutch provincial elections. His political success comes despite many controversial views -- including his opinions on women. 

Eliza Archer
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Thierry Baudet, 2018, Wikimedia Commons

Why this story matters:

In last week's provincial elections the Dutch populist far-right party, Forum for Democracy (FvD), stunned political observers by winning the most seats in the upper house. Controversial politician Thierry Baudet heads the relatively new party, which was founded in 2016.

Baudet is anti-immigration, anti-EU and desires closer relations with Russia. He believes government-run institutions, the media and universities are being infiltrated by the left. Many see him as taking  over from the infamous Geert Wilders as the face of the Dutch far-right.

His greatest supporters are men -- with 64% of the votes he received coming from males -- and his views on women are questionable to say the least.

When speaking of women in the workplace, he was quoted saying, "women generally excel less in a lot of occupations and have fewer ambitions," continuing, they are "often also more interested in just more family-like things."

His controversial quotes do not end there. He has even voiced his opinion on women in the bedroom stating, they "do not want you to respect their no, to respect their resistance. The reality is that women want to be overwhelmed, dominated, yes; want to be overpowered."

Despite his controversial views it is clear that his potential political influence is yet to be realized as his party now holds 13 seats of the 75 seat upper house, a significant proportion for any party in Dutch politics.

Details from the story:

  • Predications suggest FvD will obtain 12% of the Dutch votes in the upcoming European Elections.
  • The FvD hope to join the European Conservatives and Reformist family in the EP.
  • The FvD is in favour of a referendum on Dutch EU membership.

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