Foul Cologne

Mayor responded poorly, insensitively to spate of sexual assaults

What would you say constitutes “sexual frankness”? A blatant proposition? A crude remark?

 

To the female mayor of Cologne, Germany, it’s apparently “celebratory” holiday behavior that includes groping, robbing and even raping women in the public square.

Authorities there now admit that perhaps hundreds of men “who appeared to have a North African or Arabic” background “appeared to have broken into smaller groups ... with each one encircling a woman,” The New York Times reported this week. “While some would grope the victim, others would steal her wallet or cellphone.

“One victim reported that she had been raped, the police said.”

More than 100 victims have filed complaints.

Germany’s justice minister insisted the perpetrators’ ethnicity had nothing to do with anything. Accordingly, some believe authorities kept the attacks hush-hush for a time to be politically correct.

Yet, the Times reports, Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker pledged that “city officials would begin working on measures to help young women protect themselves and to explain the city’s attitudes and norms to its many newcomers.”

She promised a “code of conduct” for German women – as if they caused these attacks. One item in the code: Keep an arm’s length from strangers at all times. As if that will stop an attack!

Further, she says, “We will explain our Carnival much better to people who come from other cultures, so there won’t be any confusion about what constitutes celebratory behavior in Cologne, which has nothing to do with a sexual frankness.”

Really? Sexual frankness? Groping and robbing and raping women? Frankness? In these parts, they call that sexual assault. They call it a crime.

Haven’t the liberal elite in America kind of been holding Europe up as more enlightened than us sexually? Does that include objectifying and assaulting women on the streets? If you want frankness, we happen to think protecting women from unwanted sexual contact is sort of enlightened.

And does the mayor really believe a cultural sitdown and polite explanation of the norms of civilization will prevent such misogynistic attacks?

As liberal leaders are wont to do, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s response to the brazen, planned assaults was to issue a lecture on mutual respect – not to the “newcomers,” for whom sexual “frankness” with strange women might be considered normal, but to German citizens.

Really? Were those women not respecting their attackers enough?

Then again, consider this bit of rustic naïveté, as reported by the Times:

“The euphoria that accompanied the first wave of (immigrant) arrivals in Germany this summer has since given way to growing unease about the difficulty of integrating hundreds of thousands of people of a different religion and who were raised in a different culture.”

Good heavens. A little late to the party?

And does it strike you as odd that a government that couldn’t see this coming is now proposing to come up with “measures to help young women protect themselves”? How does one take precautions against coordinated, roving bands of uncultured predators?

And wasn’t it firstly the responsibility of that government?

 

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