Lindgren, police chief Goran Lindberg, Julian Assange and Bjästa case. All the events have one thing in common: our views on the “good man” and his ability to carry out acts of violence against women.
We do not believe that a rapist can be a family man, a police chief who lectures on gender, the most popular guy in class, or a man who reveals America’s vile military apparatus. It is not related to us simply. Still, who is a real rapist?
When Lindgren was arrested in Umeå in 2006 and knowledge of this reached his neighbors and work colleagues were the most common reaction, but he was one of us, “a standard” family man.
If you search for Lindgren on Wikipedia so you can read “Kurt Niklas Lindgren, the public and the media called Lindgren (…) is a convicted rapist Swedish”. Note the description “Swedish”.
It could be that those who chose to describe Haga man’s ethnicity wanted to create an antithesis to the media always report on “non-Swedish” rapists. But it makes no on or off. It hardly disturbs our image or idea of the good and the evil man. Still is therefore ethnicity as one of the factors and metrics around the good and the evil man. In between, we can add the discussion of masculinity and of power to one side.
Police champion Goran Lindberg had been going there for rape in 2007, there was strong evidence against him, yet added to the preliminary investigation. What it is because one can only speculate, just after he was arrested to put to an investigation into why the judiciary saw through his fingers three years earlier.
It is difficult not to ask whether there might be that it is closely related to the image you have of him – equal to – and that he is a senior person.
2004, Catherine Wennstam out the controversial documentary book “The girl and debt”, where she just asked questions about society’s perception of rape: How to deal with the legal system events, how does the media coverage out. And perhaps the most important issue of all: “How can the social sentence on the victims to be so cruel?”.
We must always have a discussion about gender and power, about men’s superiority and precedence, and if the story about the good and the evil man. It is therefore unattractive to judge the man based on ethnicity, religion, occupation
or role in the world.
We need to talk about power. What is happening in that little is as important as what happens in the large. Or as the French philosopher Foucault argued – it is the little fascist in us that enables the large fascism. What we accept and choose to overlook in our neighborhood also allows for the most serious crimes in the world.
Somar Al Naher