Opinion: Nick Conrad shouldn't step down over 'knickers on' comments

Friday, November 8, 2019

Presenter Julia Hartley-Brewer has defended Tory candidate, Nick Conrad, who stepped down over "ill-judged comments" about rape, arguing she would give her daughter the same advice. These are her views and not talkRADIO's.

I am trying to work out what exactly was unacceptable. Nick Conrad was not in any way saying it was ok for men to rape women. He wasn't justifying it.

He was talking about women needing to be aware of men's sexual desires and at the point where you are actually in bed, naked with a man, and change your mind - as women are legally and morally entitled to do - that sometimes things might still happen.

At no point did he say it was justified, at no point did he say it was ok. He said it is best, probably, to keep your knickers on and not get into bed with him.

That is the sort of advice I'm planning to give my daughter when she's a bit older as a responsible mother.

Wouldn't that be advice you'd give to a young woman? That, as a general rule, it's probably best to not get into bed naked with a man you are not planning to have sex with.

Mr Conrad was not justifying rape or condoning it in any way. Why has he had to stand down?

He was saying something I think a lot of people in homes, in workplaces and in pubs up and down the country will be thinking.

They are not blaming a woman. They are not in any way condoning rape, it is a disgusting, vile crime.

At any point a woman can legally and morally say I don't want to continue, stop. And the man should stop. Nobody is disputing that who is right-minded.

He is simply pointing out that women would be safer if they did not take their knickers off and get into bed with a man they plan not to have sex with.

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