South Australian Senator Cory Bernardi wants his Twitter followers to read an article about social justice by a men's rights activist who once said rape should be legal on private property.
Bernardi on Wednesday tweeted the 2014 article by Roosh Valizadeh, titled 'What Is A Social Justice Warrior (SJW)', with the comment "This article is particularly relevant to many Twitter users. Know thyself...".
This article is particularly relevant to many Twitter users. Know thyself...https://t.co/6po2O0C3o5— Cory Bernardi (@corybernardi) June 1, 2016
@corybernardi Senator, you know you're linking to an article by a men's rights activist who was denied a visa to Australia, right?— Shalailah Medhora (@shalailah) June 1, 2016
@corybernardi He also then negged Border Force by saying he could get in by boat because our borders were so porous...— Shalailah Medhora (@shalailah) June 1, 2016
Dear outraged, the article I linked to is interesting in light of events of last week. It doesn't mean I endorse author's other views.— Cory Bernardi (@corybernardi) June 1, 2016
Out of curiousity, how did you end up on the blog of a rape advocate? @corybernardi— Ella Fabry (@EllaFabry) June 1, 2016
@corybernardi if you don't understand the tacit approval you've given by sharing his article then you're not fit for gov. (u never were fyi)— Michael Beveridge (@mickyb273) June 1, 2016
@corybernardi So, he's sound on SWJs, unsound on sexual assault? Gotcha.— Scott McIntyre (@booksbagshaw) June 1, 2016
In a 2015 article on his blog, Valizadeh wrote about rape and rape culture.
"I thought about this problem and am sure I have the solution: make rape legal if done on private property," he wrote.
"I propose that we make the violent taking of a woman not punishable by law when done off public grounds."
In a follow up article in 2016, Valizadeh said the article was satirical.
In February, Valizadeh planned on attending a Return Of Kings meet-up in Australia, but Immigration Minister Peter Dutton issued a statement saying that Valizadeh would not be allowed entry into the country.