This time, the virtual row broke out as Dubai's former Police Chief Dhahi Khalfan Tamim controversially tweeted that women who say no to sex in reality want to have it anyway, alluding to a concocted Swedish saying, Swedish news outlet Fria Tider reported.
"When a woman says no, she means in fact yes / a Swedish proverb" read the post on Tamim's Twitter account which has 1.6 million followers.
عندما تقول المرأة لا فهي عادة تقصد ان تقول نعم / مثل سويدي— ضاحي خلفان تميم (@Dhahi_Khalfan) 23 февраля 2017 г.
The Swedish Institute, a Swedish government agency tasked with promoting the country's interests abroad and spreading information about Sweden, stepped in to clarify the issue in the heated debate.
"When a woman says no, it means no," the Swedish Institute tweeted in English via its Arab account.
No means No!— #السويد 🇸🇪 (@Sweden_AR) 23 февраля 2017 г.
Dhahi Khalfan Tamim is a Lieutenant General and is the Head of General Security for the Emirate of Dubai. He was chief of the Dubai Police Force from 1980 to 2013.
Sweden, on the other hand, has been at pains to disprove this negative publicity. Swedish media leave no stone unturned to prove the critics wrong. Popular arguments include the fact that in Sweden each case of sexual violence is recorded as separate incidents, unlike other countries that tend to log repeated rapes as a single incident. Another popular argument is that Sweden significantly broadened its definition of rape in 2005, following which the term rape also applies to what other countries classify as "assault" and "bodily harm." Still another argument aimed at shattering Sweden's unsolicited image as "a rapist's paradise" is that Swedish women have been encouraged to report sexual assaults or rapes, unlike other countries where a great social stigma still hangs around these issues.
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