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Woman with a radioHammett79 / Dreamstime.comAn Argentine radio host has agreed to a plea deal that requires him to have a feminist guest on his show each week for five months. Angel Etchecopar must let the women speak for 10 minutes without interruption and cannot criticize them after they leave. Prosecutors had charged him with making "disrespectful, insulting, denigrating and discriminatory" remarks about women on his show.

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Are they also sentencing his audience to not turn his show off those installments?

  • Deconstructed Potato||

    I regularly switch off the radio. Of course the next ridiculous step will be penalties for switching it off.

  • IceTrey||

    That would be hilarious if every time he said "Please tune to a different station for the next ten minutes then come back."

  • MatthewSlyfield||

    He's required to have a guest from a government approved list and he has to let the guest talk without interruption.

    Does the order obligate the stations that carry his show to broadcast that part of it?

  • gaoxiaen||

    Eat shit, troll.

  • Mickey Rat||

    Sentenced to be nagged once a week should be considered cruel and unusual punishment.

  • gaoxiaen||

    Some guys get nagged every day. If you get married you're asking for it.

  • Still Curmudgeoned (Nunya)||

    That was elective punishment. Honestly somersaults the making helps.

  • Deconstructed Potato||

    Cannot parse the second sentence. Error.

  • Wizard4169||

    Yeah, considering the kind of "feminists" this is likely to attract, I think I'd really rather just do a little jail time.

  • Eddy||

    The story gets even better:

    "Prosecutor Federico Vilalba Diaz told La Nación newspaper that Etchecopar had been charged with "disrespectful, insulting, denigrating and discriminatory" outbursts against women.

    ""But Etchecopar came to the inquiry with a repentant attitude and showed himself to be very different from the personality I had seen in the media," Mr Diaz said.

    "Etchecopar - nicknamed "Baby" - convinced the authorities of his desire to change his ways and a female judge agreed to drop the case against him in favour of a probation-based solution, La Nación said.

    "Under the terms of the agreement, prosecutors will provide a list of gender specialists and Argentina's special gender violence prosecutor Veronica Guagnino will come up with the topics for discussion."

    And in a truly unbiased example of BBC reporting, the story points to a young women who was murdered while campaigning against "male violence" against women, then adds "In August, *however,* the Argentine parliament rejected a bill" to legalize early abortions (emphasis added).

  • Cyto||

    Yeah, that was great. Framing this as a part of a wide-ranging struggle against a violent society that murders women and outlaws abortion! So it is perfectly fine that they monitor what words he uses and make sure that he doesn't speak against feminist goals.

    It is jarring when people who agree with you on certain issues reveal that they arrive at that position by completely incompatible means. In this case, the BBC is opposed to violence against women.... but apparently not because of a general opposition to government oppression or violence.... just in the particular of "against women".

  • Eddy||

    "O cruel, needless misunderstanding! O stubborn, self-willed exile from the loving breast! Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose. But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Sister."

  • A Lady of Reason||

    Wow...So forced feminism... This will only breed contempt for women, not respect!

  • Deconstructed Potato||

    I doubt it. I see the argument but 99% of people, despite the word fights on an internet, are not stupid enough to conflate "feminists" with women. I'm sure most of us know strong, smart women who don't need to hide behind pomo nonsense.

  • Longtobefree||

    So "Argentina's special gender violence prosecutor Veronica Guagnino will come up with the topics for discussion." A discussion with a person who is forbidden to respond at the time , or later.
    Sounds about right. Strong equal women always need protection from those evil ones who use facts, reason, and logic.

  • $park¥ The Misanthrope||

    those evil ones who use facts, reason, and logic.

    One of the dumbest beliefs constantly perpetuated on this site is that you people are all about "facts, reason, and logic."

  • Deconstructed Potato||

    "You people"?!?!!!

  • Longtobefree||

    In this case, after careful research on many of the reliable sites on the web, I have determined that Sparky is in fact the "you people".

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    We need to bring this over here.

  • Enjoy Every Sandwich||

    I guess they don't do reruns of The Benny Hill Show there.

    "If one woman is speaking it's a monologue. If two women are speaking it's a dialog. What do you call three women speaking? A catalog."

  • Longtobefree||

    If a man says something, and there is no woman around to hear him, is he still wrong?


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