Anti-LGBT politician says women are too ‘small, weak and unintelligent’ for equal pay
A politician has claimed that women are too “small and weak” for equal pay.
Janusz Korwin-Mikke, a member of the European Parliemtn from Poland and anti-LGBT campaigner, made the comments during a debate on the gender pay gap.
He said: And of course women should earn less than men, because they are weaker, they are smaller, they are less intelligent, and they must earn less! That’s all”.
The comments drew gasps in the chamber, and another MEP, Iratxe Garcia Perez, from Spain, was straight to her feet to combat the comments.
Perez said: “Look, according to your theory, I should not have the right to be here, as a member of this parliament.”
The Socialist Workers’ Party politician continued: “And I know it hurts you, I know it hurts and worries you, that today women can sit in this house and represent European citizens with the same rights as you.
“I am here to defend all European women from men like you.”
"Women must earn less than men" ⁉️ In 2017. In the European Parliament. Unbelievable… S&D MEP Iratxe Garcia Perez sets this misogynist straight.
Posted by Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament on Thursday, March 2, 2017
Mr Korwin-Mikke has attracted notoriety for previously claiming women are too dumb to vote.
His party is strongly opposed to the recognition of same-sex marriage, and pledges to “recognise the family, understood as a union between a woman and a man, as the basis of social life”.
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This is despite the fact he has been married three times and has eight children by four women.
Campaigning against taxes he believed were too high, Mr Korwin-Mikke once ate his tax return in front of the Polish revenue service office.
He has also said that there is no written proof that Adolf Hitler was aware of the Holocaust and said there are “very subtle” differences between rape and consensual sex.
He attended the funeral of Margaret Thatcher in 2013.