For a week or so after the announcement of the verdict for the rape of an unconscious woman at Stanford University, very near the top of the hit list of a Google Search on "Sweden" and "Rape" there were articles about Carl-Fredrick Arndt and Peter Jonsson. These are the heroes who noticed what was going down, hopped off their bicycles, protected the young woman from further harm, and caught the rapist.
Sven doesn't think they're real heroes, though. "They're made up. By Google. By the press. By the Yooos."
"What are Google and the Yooos doing making up stories about heroes?" I ask.
"Swedish heroes," Sven corrects. "Because by making the heroes Swedish, and then hyping the Stanford U rape story, now, at the top of the Google search on "Sweden" and "rape," you get story after story about the heroic acts of two Swedes in California."
"And before Google and the Yooos ["oh! but they're weird and they're wonderful"] monkeyed around with the Stanford University Rape story..?"
"...when you did a search on Sweden and rape, top of the list were stories stating the fact that Sweden has the highest rate of rape in the world, and that's because the government of Sweden took in so many Mooslim immigrants, the Yooos being behind that also. The Yooogle and the Yooo York Times and the rest of the press tried to keep the facts about Sweden's Rape Statistics out of the spotlight for awhile, to take some of the wind out of Trumps' sails, prolly."
I did some quick Googling on "Sweden" and "Rapes" myself, and then I asked for Sven's take on the article "Sweden's Rape Crisis Isn't What it Seems"
“What we’re hearing is a very, very extreme exaggeration based on a few isolated events, and the claim that it’s related to immigration is more or less not true at all,” says Jerzy Sarnecki, a criminologist at Stockholm University who has devoted his career to the study of criminality, ethnicity and age.
Sweden does indeed have far more reported cases of sexual assault than any other country. But it’s not because Swedes – of any colour – are very criminal. It’s because they’re very feminist. In 2005, Sweden’s Social Democratic government introduced a new sex-crime law with the world’s most expansive definition of rape.
Imagine, for example, if your boss rubbed against you in an unwanted way at work once a week for a year. In Canada, this would potentially be a case of sexual assault. Under Germany’s more limited laws, it would be zero cases. In Sweden, it would be tallied as 52 separate cases of rape. If you engaged in a half-dozen sex acts with your spouse, then later you felt you had not given consent, in Sweden that would be classified as six cases of rape.
"I gotta stop you right there." Sven interrupts. "Who wrote that article?"The marked increase in rape cases during the 2000s is almost entirely a reflection of Sweden’s deep public interest in sexual equality and the rights of women, not of attacks by newcomers..."
"Man named Doug Saunders."
"Ummm hmmmm." Sven nods knowingly. "Name sounds like Bernie Sanders. You can take the "U" out of Saunders, but you can't take the Yooo out of Saunders. Not buying it. What else do you got for me?"
"Well, here's one that talks about Sweden's high rape statistics and immigrants and doesn't mention anything at all about the broader definition of rape that the Swedes adopted in the 2000's."
Sven nods knowingly and approvingly as I finish reading the short article to him.
"Do you want to know who wrote that, Sven?"
"Prolly not a Yooo, I can tell ya that much," Sven grins widely.
"Man named Daniel Greenfield.....and his editor is David Horowitz. So whaddya say, Sven of Sheboygan?"
In the awkward silence, I queue up a song on an old vinyl recording [ENYOY!] on the turntable. I start singing along with gusto-- I'm thinking about ANOTHER coincidence(*1) that happened TODAY having to do with one of my favorite Yooos, Viktor Frankl. Sven starts singing along, too, each of us after our own fashion.
This concludes my series on "When Sweden, Rapes, and Google Collide".
(*1) Previous recent Viktor Frankl coincidences:
The Blogger and Radio
I Found Meaning in the Middle of the Road