Kees van der Staaij, the leader of Dutch Reformed Political Party SGP (Staatkundig Gereformeerde Partij), which currently holds two seats in Dutch Parliament and one in European Parliament, was on TV last night, as part of the election campaign. The SGP, known for its misogyny and radical stances about the role of women in society is no newcomer to bombastic statements around gender politics. However, this time, Mr. van der Staaij seems to have found inspiration abroad. When asked about the party’s stances on abortion, he responded that abortion should be banned in every instance and that the chances of a rape victim getting pregnant are “very small”.
Todd Akin’s views and our local Christian Party’s are not very different. The SGP would also like to see the death penalty re-instated in The Netherlands and, in the past, they have claimed that if they could, they would eliminate women’s suffrage. The Party did not allow women to become members until 2006.
Last night, when asked by the TV interviewer about Todd Akin’s views, van der Staaij stated that “doctors have proved that pregnancy as a result of rape is very rare”, echoing Akin’s defense of his position a week ago, effectively illustrating the circulation of a new Western and Christian globalized misogyny that seems to be replicating the memetic patterns of post 9/11 Islamophobia.