An original translation by Nash Montana
Completely falsely understood tolerance continuously sprouts new blossoms. All the while the commissioner for women and family at the Bodensee district has no clue just how much her efforts for the good, advance the bad. Women should stick on “defense tattoos”? And whoever won’t do that can be considered as fair game? Apparently it can’t get any dumber than this. The only problem is that it’s dangerous.
If in the past few months there was one single topic that was discussed over and over. Then it was about the fact that we are selling our values. That we are conceding tolerance and religious freedom to people who in return, do not in the slightest concede these same values back to others, such as the freedom of opinions by those leftist informers of the Amadeu Antonio Foundation, which – financed by the federal government – deciding over right and wrong, true and false “hate speech” on the internet. And of course, the reactions over the equality of men and women which, in the aftermath of the reactions to the Cologne sex attacks, was the first thing as part of the refugee crisis, that burned up in big fiery blazes in the name of the welcome culture.
Just what kinds of impudences were women made to endure in this country that only victimized them for a second time? Why is nobody going decisively against how Government only stands and watches idly by, only to then ridicule and mock the victims a second time with clever tips? Is our understanding of the equality for women, their right to bodily, physical integrity, really this weak? What does this say about a supposed modern western country, when in the face of an evident new threat towards women it is the women who are being held responsible?
And what about those that don’t wear stickers?
After Silvester [New Years Eve in Germany] women were told to hold “an arm’s length distance” from strange men. At the Bavarian Broadcast station one refugee helper just recently suggested that young women and girls will have to be educated about how they should act towards asylum seekers, so that they wouldn’t “provoke” them, and now? Stick on tattoos which say “No”?
Wait a minute, you think this is too out of touch? Veronika Wäscher-Göggerle doesn’t think so. The commissioner for women and family affairs at the Bodensee district sees in this campaign that she brought to life an assistance for young swimming guests. She assures: “I do believe that they are very insecure.” Also a cartoon which will be available at public pools will explain what is acceptable and allowed and what not. Wäscher-Göggerle sees the stick on tattoos as an incentive for young pool guests to talk about the issue. Because it shouldn’t come across as a new pool regulation.
Well why not, one might ask themselves. Why shouldn’t it be a new regulation that women aren’t to be harassed or groped? And who really is insecure here? Young people in general? Or mostly the asylum seekers that came here this year and last year? So as when the ‘arm’s length’ alone isn’t enough, then maybe the fingerprint to the stick on tattoo? Just what kinds of people come up with these ideas?
They are the same people who for months now immediately hold up the “youyouyou” index finger whenever another asylum seeker, again, was behaving poorly. People who cannot assert themselves, who are downright afraid of even put their foot down just once, all because one doesn’t want to be a Nazi. Those who still have not understood from which countries many of these asylum seekers actually came from, and that one can and will not stop these people from patriarchal, authoritarian countries, from what they’re doing with stick on tattoos, brochures, and arm’s lengths. Apart from the fact that this shouldn’t be the duty of women and young girls anyway to try and prevent these incidents by making them behave differently than they normally would.
What we see is that the latter is more and more becoming a prominent issue. That many women in the meantime by now are going to public pools with uneasy, queasy feelings. Parents don’t even send their young girls there alone anymore, because they’re afraid. Restrictions for women and girls? Impairment of their daily life? It all has long since begun. Numerous mails directed at me in the past few months speak volumes.
Has always been like this? Where were these tattoos back then?
Meanwhile at Bodensee, people rather point out that there are indeed cases of sexual harassment, but that it’s no different than it was before. And that’s why Veronika Wäscher-Göggerle emphasizes again, that her campaign has absolutely nothing to do with the issue of refugees. “That is completely independent”, she explains. “Sexual harassment in pools has always been happening. “ Yes. Then why this campaign now?
Yeah yeah, those many sexual assaults in the olden days at the pool. I can clearly remember. Just like the multitude of campaigns, brochures, and stick on tattoo initiatives. Even back then they were laying around at every public pool desk because Dennis and Alexander didn’t know how to behave themselves.
One just really wants to ear shatteringly scream from these effronteries. But instead, a cloak of silence is laying over everything and especially us women, we take it, that which we don’t want to take any longer. Because this is not just about a growing danger for our security and physical integrity. This is also plainly about that we are being ridiculed and the butts of jokes. With each stick on tattoo, each clever arm’s length-tip and each prompting to change our behavior, all in the name of not being provocative. We are indirectly made the guilty party and we shouldn’t let this happen to us one more minute if we gave one hoot about equal rights and treatment.
It should be brought to our mind that this beautiful new world was courtesy of us. It is screwed up that stick on tattoos and brochures have to lay around everywhere, that security people are constantly circling us, and that restraint and self limitation has set in before we even realized it. My youth was wonderful. Never once did I have to have second thoughts about whether something could happen to me at the pool. It’s this kind of youth that I wish for today’s girls and boys, because they are impacted by this as well.
It’s so often like this: Exactly because we don’t want to discriminate by claiming these campaigns and initiatives are meant for everybody, one discriminates – and the victims of this discrimination are the german boys and girls, who prior to this had a completely natural way of handling each other, but who now are losing this implicitness with each other because of such campaigns.
Result of such tolerance: hyper-sexualization
Here, as well, the big issue is the focussing on sexuality in Islam, which now by ways of mostly male Mulsim refugees has been brought to us to an even larger extent. Nothing shows the culture clash so clearly as the different ways in which sexuality is handled, and that which does not become an issue until these cultures clash. And now that this happens in ever greater numbers – and we can see that very obviously – we are the ones’ who are adjusting ourselves.
Because, in order to combat the hyper-sexualization of muslims in our daily lives, we come up with strategies (no matter how absurd) to figure out how to avoid these daily incidents, we over-sexualize our everyday life. Where boys and girls before were largely socializing with each other openly and unashamed, and most of them never having had any thoughts about the possibility that one could be sexually harassed, we now convulse with our campaigns and initiatives their social lives. We accuse each boy of being a potential groper, and we tell each girl that she has to always be careful of every boy and man. The consequence is exactly that which one actually sought to prevent: the general focussing on the sexual which in turn determines all of our social life.