A BBC DJ Said Women Should "Keep Their Knickers On" During A Debate About Rapist Ched Evans
Nick Conrad's remarks have gone down extremely badly.
In response to a caller to his programme, Conrad said:
I think women need to be more aware of a man's sexual desire that when you're in that position that you are about to engage in sexual activity there's a huge amount of energy in the male body, there's a huge amount of will and intent, and it's very difficult for many men to say no when they are whipped up into a bit of a storm. And it's the old adage about if you yank a dog's tail then don't be surprised when it bites you. Or you can't keep snakes in the garden and think they'll only bite your neighbours.
One wonders if women need to be a little bit more mindful of that and the feminists who have hijacked...hijacked maybe a bit of a strong word...jump on these arguments and appear to be quite anti-men, neglect that very important part of the argument, even though it's a reduced part of the argument and the onus has to be on the men and the men must be condemned if a woman says no and they persist then that's absolutely abhorrent, but they then [feminists] in their fury against men and masculinity they actually forget to stop and say if you tease, if you jump into bed naked with a man if you give him all the signals and then he acts upon them then you are partially responsible.
And of course it is a grey area and there will be cases where you wanted to go a certain distance and not go any further and the man is absolutely wrong but if you are...um, how do I say this? I've got to be so careful of what I say because I don't want this to be explosive, I'm trying, I'm just trying to talk around it...but what I'm trying to say is that women also have to understand that when a man's given certain signals he'll wish to act upon them and if you don't wish to give out the wrong signals it's best probably to keep your knickers on and not get into bed with him. Does that make sense?
The female caller to whom he was speaking responded: "I couldn't agree more," went on to state that Ched Evans was drunk and then went on to say "I don't think it's all one-sided".
Jessica Asato, Labour's PPC, has called for Conrad to apologise.
And there has been more anger expressed on Twitter.
A BBC Radio Norfolk spokesman told the Guardian:
As part of a wide ranging discussion where Nick invited the listeners to talk frankly about the Ched Evans case, he made it clear that rape is an abhorrent act. BBC management has made it clear to Nick that some of his comments were very ill-judged and he has apologised for any offence that may have been caused.