House Speaker Removes Painted Breasts

The Local, December 19, 2013

The deputy speaker of Sweden’s Riksdag has tired of the bare breasts adorning the walls in parliament and has ensured the removal of the offending painting from the parliament’s dining room.

The nude named Juno, painted by baroque artist G E Schröder, had hung in the guest dining room for some 30 years before deputy speaker Susanne Eberstein decided enough was enough.

Eberstein’s will was the janitor’s command and one day Juno was gone, and the flaunted flesh beamed down no more on visitors to Sweden’s national assembly.

The artistic omission did not go unnoticed however and when news agency TT began to ask questions of the Riksdag administration department reactions were characterized mostly by embarrassed giggling.

“We routinely change paintings from time to time,” was the belated official response.

As Schröder’s Juno had been decorating the dining room since 1983, the response seemed a feasible one, but it soon emerged that the removal had other motivations.

The dining room in question is used for official meals with foreign dignitaries, and according to one of the other parliamentary speakers – who preferred to remain anonymous–a defrocked woman on the wall had become a sensitive matter.

“You have to think of the foreign guests, especially those from Muslim countries,” the source explained.

But after a little more digging it emerged that the concerns of foreign dignitaries were a secondary consideration and the fate of Juno had in fact been sealed by a more domestic concern.

“I think it is more a feminist issue. It’s tiresome (looking at) a bare-breasted woman when I sit at public dinners with foreign guests. I think it feels a little hard to sit there with men who look at us women,” Social Democrat Susanne Eberstein explained.

"Juno"

G. E. Schröder’s “Juno”

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  • Garrett Brown

    Maybe it was making this ‘social democrat’ a bit too excited in the pants?

  • Magician

    France, which has the biggest muslim population in Europe, does not force its “nude beach” areas to close down. And a painting, which is not even a real person, needs to be taken down?

    • M.

      Well, that Social Democrat lady said it was a feminist issue.
      You can never understand feminists. I often hear them say that women’s breasts shouldn’t be sexualized and should be treated just as men’s, and now this one says that this painting puts her ill at ease.

      • Anna Tree

        Feminist issue… I don’t think so…

        Oslo Prof. of Anthropology U. Wikan, said Norwegian women must take responsibility for the fact that muslims find their manner of dress provocative, the women must adapt to the multicultural society.

        • SFLBIB

          Does he also mean turn about fair play; i.e., that Muslims must take responsibility for the fact that others find their cultures offensive, and they must also “adapt to the multicultural society of the world”?

  • Evette Coutier

    Muslim find women’s breasts offensive? This is a cult of gay leadership.

    • newscomments70

      That has some truth. Pederasty is an integral part of Muslim culture and history, both hetrosexual and homosexual. Child brides have always been common. Some families basically sell their 12 year old daughters into marriage. Homosexual rape is very common in Muslim countries. Most of the victims are boys and teenagers.

      • Magician

        …..

        • Strike_Team

          Only in … the West. Not in their “native lands”. Not in the Middle East or Near East. Not in Asia… Africa…

        • Brian

          I for one am all in favor of LGBTQLMNOP Muslims. The fewer of them breeding, the better. The more who take up interior decorating instead of an AK-47, the better.

      • Franklin_Ryckaert

        “Why in God’s name…”

        It is not in God’s name. It is in Allah’s name.

        • Katherine McChesney

          Allah is a false god.

          • Alexandra1973

            Allah had no Son.

          • Katherine McChesney

            And their “Jesus” prophet is the Christian anti-Christ.

      • Thursday in Muslim countries is known as Manlove Thursday.
        They believe Allah sleeps on Thursday night so they believe that they can participate in any sexual perversions because Allah will not see.

        • newscomments70

          They often rape street kids and foreign workers.

          • Magician

            And they stone rape victims to death

          • AutomaticSlim

            Absolutely. I saw a TV report (60 minutes maybe? not sure..)
            where they interviewed a muslim cleric, and he stated that raping a boy was a mere “foible”, whereas having sex with an unmarried woman was a major sin! Unreal!

          • newscomments70

            I used to work for an Arab company. The men would joke about it as if it were common place.

      • MikeofAges

        I have a serious question here. Perhaps someone knows the answer. We all know about the reputation of South Asian Muslim men. Things may vary by region, sect, linguistic group, country, class and even from person to person, true. But what about the women? That they are victims of genital mutilation, forced marriage and forced social sequestration we know. But what about same sex relations among women? What’s going on there?

        • newscomments70

          Consensual sex between homosexuals is usually punishable by imprisonment or death in Muslim countries. Whatever they do, they have to probably be very quiet about it. Woman are forced into marriage. If they want to “lez out”, I’m sure it would be considered adultery and an abomination to God. The death penalty would be the most likely event. Raping kids seems to be ok though.

          • MikeofAges

            I’m not sure how you reconcile the idea that male same sex relations, at least, are ubiquitous with the existence of extreme penalties. One thing I have thought of is that the words don’t quite mean what they seem to mean. What I have considered is the possibility that same sex relations between “normal” men or between an adult man and a youth who seemed on track to eventually marry and father children are not regarded as homosexual relations. That means, in effect, the possibility that only men who are outright gay in the social and cultural sense are punished under these laws.

            The same idea would apply to women. “Normal” women who satisfy each other’s desires would not be regarded as lesbians, again, while those who were lesbians in the social and cultural sense would be punished.

            Keep in mind that Islamic society is most interested in that which interferes with family formation and the maintenance of the nuclear and extended family structure.

          • GeneticsareDestiny

            This is only a guess because, as you said, it is difficult to know about these things for sure, but I bet lesbian behavior is relatively common for the following reason:

            It is well known that heterosexual men enjoy lesbian porn. And many Muslim men have multiple wives. It would not be inconceivable that some of them like to have sex with both/all of their wives at once and that they might like to watch their wives having sex with each other as well.

            In that context, I doubt Muslims would mind it much, since the women involved would be married to a man, which is the important thing in their society.

            “What I have considered is the possibility that same sex relations between “normal” men or between an adult man and a youth who seemed on track to eventually marry and father children are not regarded as homosexual relations.”

            Yes, I agree. So long as the men involved are married to or are planning to marry a woman, it doesn’t seem like it causes many problems (in the eyes of Muslims) if the men also engage in homosexual relations.

          • M.

            No, in Islam, it’s about the practices. You’re not considered homosexual until you practice gay sex. They punish for the practices, not the orientation.

            – Male gay sex is punishable by death by decree of their prophet: “Kill the one that is doing it, and the one that is being done to.”
            Effeminate men and masculine women are to be shunned.

            – Female gay sex isn’t mentionned in the Scripture or the prophetic traditions. Most Muslim countries have no punishment for it. The ones that are stricter, like Saudi Arabia, generally fine the accused or have them imprisonned for short time.

          • Katherine McChesney

            There is no such animal as a ‘normal’ woman who satisfies another womans desires.

          • Anna Tree

            If I remember well, there is a difference in the punishment between the gender. Muslim gays are thrown from high places. Lesbian muslimas are sequestrated in their room until they promise to stop their behavior. If they promise but continue they may be beaten or worse as per the koranic verse 4:34 “Men are in charge of women by [right of] what Allah has given one over the other and what they spend [for maintenance] from their wealth. So righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in [the husband’s] absence what Allah would have them guard. But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance – [first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], strike them. But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand.”

          • Katherine McChesney

            You know there is a big difference in how the Bible reads as opposed to the Koran. The Koran is dull and deadly while the language of the KJV is vibrant, uplifting and beautiful

    • Katherine McChesney

      I find that odd. Back in the 70’s Arabs were moving to Los Angeles. They brought their wealth and purchased limosines and mansions in Beverly Hills. One purchased a mansion on Sunset Blvd that had statuary of nude women mounted all around the property. It caused an uproar in Beverly Hills because they painted nipples and pubic hair on them. These were Arab Muslims defacing beautiful statues. I’d wager Muslims are playing a game to see just how far they can bully us into kowtowing to their demands.

  • Elena Andbasket

    Breasts are offensive, yet torture, stoning, beheadings and genital mutilation are all encouraged by the religion of peace.

    • Brian

      I read a while back how the Qu’ran forbids the execution of a virgin, so in Iran, before executing a young woman, she has to be raped.

  • Spartacus

    Those breasts are too big for them. Muslims prefer pre-pubescent ones….

    • dd121

      All except one of the girls look very sad.

      • Spartacus

        Don’t worry, that one was surely sad after the first night of “marriage”….

        • newscomments70

          yeah, the first one probably didn’t realize what was about to happen.

      • Elena Andbasket

        The little girl who’s smiling has her eyes covered. “Where’s my surprise?”. Not a joking matter I know.

        • newscomments70

          Sad but true. She probably thought that the lavish ceremony was some kind of birthday party.

          • dd121

            Hope her mother had a talk with her.

        • AutomaticSlim

          She probably has to hold her nose as well…

          But seriously, she is 8. And we are not supposed to look down on their culture and customs?

          • dd121

            Kind of hard not to.

          • Katherine McChesney

            Those men look unwashed and stinky.

          • Magician

            they ARE unwashed and stinky.

    • M.

      Yeah, Moho was big on kids.
      Muslims should be reminded that if he came to “reveal his message” in the 21st century, he would get arrested, prosecuted, and thrown in prison for child molestation. The Prophet of Humanity would spend most of his life rotting in jail.

    • Alexandra1973

      So where are the feminists?

      I hear crickets….

  • mgs166

    If it were a painting of a goat in a similar pose, then it would have surely remained.

    • drattastic

      They prefer the view from behind .

      • mgs166

        They are well acquainted with that “side” of the beast!

        • drattastic

          Of that I have no doubt.

  • mobilebay

    How about just removing the muslims? They offend me.

    • Magician

      But all prosperous Western nations must prove that they are not evil racists by accepting thousands of muslim refugees and immigrants every year and offer to provide them with generous welfare for the rest of their lives.

      • MikeofAges

        How about proving we’re nor racists by letting people study in the West and then go home? Or work here on contract and then go home properly compensated for their work and privations? Or by doing business on the up and up with non Western countries? Or aiding people in their own countries? Don’t people read their own bumper stickers? Extinction is forever.

      • dukem1

        Suggest that in the new year beloved site mod create a subhead for stories like this.
        Title on the order of “News from the camp of the saints.”
        I’ve probably butchered the metaphor, but I did read the book. It’s all I think of reading anything re: the third world anymore.

    • Zaporizhian Sich

      Removing the Muslims is insufficient, ALL of their enablers must also be removed because to do otherwise will only lead to the same situation all over again.

  • Erasmus

    Susanne Eberstein? She has almost as little right to be in Sweden as any Muslim. She should make sure there aren’t any offensive pictures in the Knesset. Bare breasts aren’t as offensive as Ms. Eberstein’s pompous self-righteousness or Islam’s backwardness. Let them all be offended. Maybe then they’ll realize it’s time to grow up.

  • LeGrandDerangement

    Leave the breasts, paint a Muslim bag over her head. There.

  • Massif1

    Muslims offend me when I’m in Europe and in America. They don’t have to look at anything if they’re visiting someone else. Hell, they don’t even have to visit. No Muslims allowed here, I have a painting that has breasts.

  • cecilhenry

    Getting offended has become a way of manipulating or threatening others to do what you want.

    Enough. ARe you offended, or just trying to threaten ME??

    Answer up for that.

  • IstvanIN

    How could a reasonable adult be offended by that painting? It is simply classical art. Would Ms. Eberstein burn all the classic paintings of Europe? How about that nasty Michelangelo and all his nudes? Some people are simply demented.

    • Lagerstrom

      She’s obviously a complete vacant-headed leftist. However, people from Western nations just keep on voting for idiots such as she.

    • TheAntidote

      Perhaps they should replace that baroque art with a large Mapplethorpe print— maybe the infamous bullwhip pic.

      • Katherine McChesney

        Is that obama’s favorite artist?

    • ronald54321

      Yes she would. Eventually only art like “Piss Christ” will be allowed.

  • Zaporizhian Sich

    I am offended the Muslims are in our lands to begin with, and that they are forcing their child diddling death cult upon us as well as destroying our culture, religion, heritage and language. In other words, I’m beyond offended our society is being changed to suit THEM at our expense!

  • MBlanc46

    Soon they’ll be covering the legs of tables again.

  • bigone4u

    When are men in power going to learn that feminists are wacko. At my university there was a similar flap, led by feminists who wear short skirts and show half their boobs as they are popping out of their tops. It’s a power trip for these sick puppies to dominate men. Of course, they have no trouble with a feminist-led dildo display on campus, only hundred year old asexual nude paintings. Feminists need a good …. (fill in the blank).

    • Alexandra1973

      Kick in the pants? (Pun intended!)

  • Spartacus

    I couldn’t help but notice the name of the parliament member behind this – Susanne Eberstein . That might be a typical nordic name, but it sure isn’t an Eskimo name .

    • Magician

      German name

  • Alexandra1973

    Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus show off way more than that, where’s the outrage?

  • A Freespeechzone

    Muslims are offended by just about everything most hold dear and appreciate—they are offended that non-muslims exist and seek to literally destroy them.

    Defy them.

    • dd121

      Of course they do, that’s why they’re so loved by the left.

    • john ellis

      Agreed. Muslims are offended that Western women play sports in the Olympics. Saudi Arabia got pressured by the IOC to send their first women athlete ever, so they sent a Saudi law school student in the USA, she had to try to run covered up in Islamic clothes. She didn’t do very well, neither did the Saudi men. Sons of Allah won one medal in equestrian something, some Saudi Billionaire hanging out in British House of Lords society.

      Maybe the IOC should include some sports Muslims are good at like stoning, putting bombs in churches and in Metros.

  • Talltrees

    Merry Christmas, AmRen!

  • gemjunior

    That’s right Sweden, keep capitulating and giving in to people who have no business in your formerly fine country anyway. Keep bending over and changing your country until it’s totally unrecognizable and gone into the mists of history. Almost there, won’t be long. It makes me want to cry.

    • newscomments70

      I hope that doesn’t happen. Hopefully the foreigners will be expelled and the white liberals will receive the justice they deserve. That will be a delicious moment. Dream big, make it happen.

      • Zaporizhian Sich

        “White liberals” are not whites at all, but they will face the day of the rope.

  • Juan Outtamany

    Those guys a P H A G S

    • rick

      Whadaya bet this feminazi’s got a mug like this………

  • ssviking

    Note this has nothing to do with the “painted breasts ” and everything to do with the attempt to destroy everything European don’t leftists usually fight for the right for women to walk around half naked? Are they that upset about a pair of tastefuly painted boobs?

  • ssviking

    Eberstein… hmmm could it be that one of the tribe is trying to destroy all European culture I’m shocked i tell you just shocked !

  • Sick of it

    “Social Democrat Susanne Eberstein”

    Surprise, surprise!

  • Who Me?

    What the hell is wrong with Muslim men, anyway? They can’t control themselves in a normal Western society, where women dress in normal clothing, not tents. They have to have segregated swimming because they supposedly don’t want “their” women looked at iby other men, but also so they won”t be “tempted” by women in regular Western swimming attire. They want paintings of bare breasts covered or painted over so they won’t…what — be offended (or is it excited) by them? A scant inch of a woman’s bare arm is enough to throw them into such a fever of passion that they have to make sure all their women are covered head to toe in yards and yards of veils and coverings.
    Western men in general have no problem controlling themselves at swimming pools full of women in bikinis. They have no problem with women walking down the street minding their own business, wearing shorts, or short skirts, short-sleeved or sleeveless tops, etc. Western men are in general not offended nor thrown into uncontrollable raging lust by normal western women. If anything, they may be appreciative, or slightly titillated by the view, but nothing worse.

    It seems the problem is Muslim men, because they have to veil and swaddle their women, either from themselves or from each other, they have to genitally mutilate their women so they never experience pleasure from sex. So the problem is obviously THEM. They need to keep their perverted followers of a perverted, pedophile prophet in their native hellholes and leave Western people who know how to act like adults, alone in our civilized, Western nations.

    • And Sweden is a place where FEMEN is pretty active, too. So on the one hand Sweden has feminist women who love to show it all in the open above the waist to make a political point, and on the other hand Sweden is letting in Muslims by the boat loads who hate the sight of the bare adult female form. And they’re trying to pander to both at the same time.

      But who said liberalism was sane?

      • Ella

        Feminists stage breast-feeding protests in public if a woman is suggested to cover up or leave, but they are offended by a classic work of art showing the female’s beautiful figure. Hypocrisy spelled clearly.

      • LeGrandDerangement

        Why don’t they compromise and just cover one breast?

      • john ellis

        Physical force is the only thing that works with FEMEN women and Muslim men. Talk, talk, talking about Constitutions and Libertarian economics doesn’t work with either group.

        • Idea:

          FEMEN should ditch the bras and storm a mosque.

          • Magician

            Actually, they have tried that at a mosque and they were taken out of the mosque by some security guards.

    • john ellis

      Well said. But, understand the race denying libertarian cult of Ron and Rand Paul will insist that mass Muslim Immigration from hells like Pakistan and Algeria is no problem or is even a good thing just as soon as the world makes some free market economic reforms and whenever the Muslims slaughter our people like on 9-11-01 they’ll take the Muslim’s side and say we deserved it because of US support of Israel or some insult we did to Saudi Arabia. Libertarians are as traitorous as the worst Left Liberals on immigration, racial realities.

  • Anna Tree

    So you say it is not a feminist issue but a personal issue, of self esteem. Then the feminist AND the muslim issues were excuses.

    I personally think the muslim and the personal issues are the most logic. Maybe I am biased because it is about art, I just can’t understand how it could be a feminist issue, unless she is member of the Guerilla Girls.

    Even the anti-white issue could be more logic: after all, that painting is from a white male artist, isn’t it? If the nude was a black woman nude, would Eberstein have remove it? I don’t think so.

  • Mark

    I have to respectfully disagree. I currently work with a couple of dozen of Swedish engineers in their late 20s to late 30s. All of them, with one exception, are solid Marxists and race liberals.

    • LeGrandDerangement

      That may change should they begin receiving bursts of Muslim vibrancy.

    • john ellis

      Sweden has great hockey teams and the largest hard core street nationalist movement of any Western European nation.

  • MartelC

    Susanne Eberstein

    How long are we supposed to avoid seeing the obvious? David Schwartz was intstrumental in bringing multiculti to sweden, the bonner family owns much of the media…
    Are we supposed to be as dumb as the people who don’t notice differences in IQ? Really?

    It’s funny, slut walks, slut shaming, vagina monologues, anything that is ‘disgusting’ is okay with this group but anything that portrays the female form as beautiful is ‘sexist’

    I really think, subconsciously at least, people like eberstien are trying to recreate their ‘golden age’ in moorish spain -and depictions of the human figure, christian art and music (church bells for example) and Christians were all oppressed in moorish spain

  • Zaporizhian Sich

    Indeed, there are countries that do not deserve help from us, there are countries that deserve lots of “special deliveries” from the air or space.

  • Allan477

    I should imagine that most of the male Muslim guests enjoyed the painting very much, whether they admitted it or not.