European Parliament in sexism storm as MEP says women are too 'small, weak and unintelligent' for equal pay
THE European Parliament was embroiled in a sexism row on Thursday afternoon when a lawmaker argued that women are too "small and weak" for equal pay.
Polish MEP Janusz Korwin-Mikke started an argument by stating his controversial views.
He said: "And of course women should earn less than men, because they are weaker, they are smaller, they are less intelligent, and they must earn less! That's all".
His comments were not taken kindly by Spanish MEP Iratxe Garcia Perez, who angrily replied: "Look, according to your theory, I should not have the right to be here, as a member of this parliament."
Miss Garcia Perez, who is a member of the Socialist Worker's Party in Spain, continued: "And I know it hurts you, I know it hurts and worries you, that today women can sit in this house and represent European citizens with the same rights as you.
"I am here to defend all European women from men like you."
Seemingly unperturbed by her comments, Mr Korwin-Mikke, a well-known right-wing libertarian politician and writer, smiled at her as she sat down.
Many on social media condemned his comments.
One Twitter user commented: "He does not represent men. He is an arrogant abomination that should be run out of Parliament."
Another said: "Good for her for standing up to that misogynist!!"
And yet another fired off: OMG. This gentleman is clearly from the dark ages...can you say retirement time?"
An eccentric character, who is unafraid of controversy, the far-right firebrand is used to publicly airing his views.
He is known for the unforgettable time he protested against the high taxes in Poland by eating his tax return in front of the Polish revenue service office.