Sexual violence

My secret interview with a German Academic: Part One

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My latest interview subject is from Northern Saxony and he has an M.A in History with an interest in politics, current affairs and theory. He contacted me via a secret encrypted e-mail service called Tutanota in order to keep our communications private.The fact that he felt the need to protect himself like that says a lot.He said that although the epicentre of the problem I’m tackling in my interview lies in the western metropolis, it’s starting to happen in Northern Saxony as well.

My contact who I will call Konrad, (a German name that means?Brave counsel)?gave me comprehensive replies to my questions so I will be breaking this interview up into two parts.While he was writing his reply the terrorist “truck attack” happened at the Berlin Christmas market so Konrad included a comment about how authorities handle photos of suspects in the media. His detailed answer about violence against women in Germany is nightmarish in its descriptions of brutality.

Which German political party did you vote for last election?

I do not vote. I see the German multi-party system as a stitch-up with no chance to actually institute change at the ballot, since nowadays all big German parties by and large stand for the same with only gradual differences. The only “wildcard” party, the Alternative f?r Deutschland (AfD), still has no consistent overall policy and, after entering the Bundestag in the 2017 elections (which is very likely), will most likely be swiftly absorbed into the system and submit to the ?”Iron Law of Oligarchy ” devised by Robert Michels in 1911. I refuse to grin and bear it.

Has your community where you live had refugees or migrants move into it since Angela Merkel opened the borders?

Yes, every single community I lived in during the 29 years of my life (which sum up to five in four different federal states).

Was your community welcoming to the new arrivals and how did you personally feel about their arrival?

When the ongoing immigrant tide broke loose, I lived in Hamburg. Being a genuinely left-liberal-green city state, it, of course, welcomed the “traumatized refugees” with open arms and produced various refugee camps out of thin air. I felt very uncomfortable with this?since Hamburg already had a massive problem with illegal aliens, many of them homeless, and a staggering migrant crime rate. I was proved right in a minimum of time and more than happy when I was able to move away.

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A post without words, Germany captured in photos

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Germany rolls out the welcome mat

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There is Dirty Politics and then there is Despicable Politics

Green Party MP Jan Logie is still pushing for John Key to apologise over accusing Labour and Greens of putting the welfare of criminals ahead of those of everyday New Zealanders by playing the sexual victim card.

A petition carrying 13,000 signatures calling on Prime Minister John Key to apologise for his “you back the rapists” comment has been handed in to Parliament.

Mr Key shouted the words at opposition MPs during a heated about New Zealand criminals being deported from Australia.

It caused uproar, and several women MPs walked out after saying they were victims of sexual violence.

Mr Key said he was responding to opposition claims that the Government wasn’t doing anything to help the deportees, and explained he meant Labour and the Greens cared more about criminals than the people who needed protection from them.

It wasn’t taken that way, and several women MPs walked out after identifying themselves as victims of sexual violence.

Mr Key didn’t apologise and Speaker David Carter subsequently said he couldn’t order an apology because he hadn’t heard the remark at the time.

The people’s power organisation ActionStation organised the petition.

It calls on Mr Key to “stand up and apologise for the offence your comment has caused to survivors of sexual violence throughout New Zealand, and withdraw the statement”.

It was handed to Green Party MP Jan Logie and Labour MP Poto Williams on the steps of Parliament today.

They were among those who walked out in protest when Mr Key made the comment.

The petition also calls on the Government to fully fund specialist sexual violence agencies to provide core services for victims.

“Today is the international day for the elimination of violence against women – it is the perfect day for us to present this petition,” said ActionStation spokeswoman Marianne Elliott.

Ms Logie said there was an epidemic of violence against women and the silence around it had to be broken.

The whole walkout was a staged political show. ?It was staged using the victims of sexual violence and mocking them by trying to smear the Prime Minister as being non-supportive of sexual violence victims.

There’s just one problem: ?he wasn’t.

And as we’ve seen by the polls that came out since then, New Zealand clearly heard John Key stand up for New Zealanders and question why Labour and the Greens were dying in the ditch for a handful of hardened criminals.

Using violence and sexual violence against women is normally an iron-clad strategy to shut everyone down. ?There simply is no argument to “justify” it in any context.

But Logie and her poisonous friends have totally over-reached here. ? John Key was clearly against the criminals who were at the time thought to be convicted of things like murder, rape and paedophilia while Labour and the Greens were criticising John Key for not doing enough to bring these people “home”.

The fact they found 13,000 people to sign this petition shows they are even willing to trivialise sexual violence if it means getting a hit in on John Key.

To borrow some Internet language: ?EPIC FAIL

 

– NZN via 3 News

Jan Logie says rapists are “not always monsters”…ahh…yeah they really are

For some reason Jan Logie actually did stick up for rapists on television yesterday. No, she did…she said that rapists?are “not always monsters”

Where I come from rapists are always monsters.

But now Jan Logie, who is outraged because the Prime Minister has said the Greens and Labour are crim cuddling supporters of rapists, is there on TVNZ sticking up for rapists because they are “not always monsters”.

Wasn’t she banging on about rape culture earlier in the year, promulgating an extra-judicial witch-hunt against a diplomat and trying to smear John Key back then as a rape enabler because he didn’t intervene in that case.

Now she is advocating on behalf of rapists and murderers detained in Australia, and is outraged the Prime Minister isn’t doing enough for them.

It shows just how convoluted their arguments are. They have more positions on this than the kama sutra.

These social justice warriors are only after an embarrassing apology…and they are hounding the PM on sexual assault issues for the third time (Rizalman case, Pony-tail incident, and now this one). I don’t believe in coincidences, there is a definite strategy to try and get the PM embroiled in sex allegations of some sort. ?? Read more »

So what is this Rape culture that you speak of?

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Rape culture is a term that was coined by feminists in the United States in the 1970?s. It was designed to show the ways in which society blamed victims of sexual assault and normalized male sexual violence.

I do not believe that NZ has a culture where women get blamed for rape. Not at all. Blaming women for men’s actions is typical of backward Patriarchal countries where women have little power and are forced to dress modestly least they cause men to lose control. India has been in the news lately a lot for that kind of thing. Simply being a woman on a bus without your male relatives to protect you appears to be justification enough for a gang rape over there. Now that is a rape culture!

Is male sexual violence normalised in New Zealand? No it isn’t. No one considers it normal to beat their wife or girlfriend in New Zealand. Yes some do but mainstream New Zealand does not have that view that it is ok or normal, not at all. To not only beat but to also rape, only hard core Gang members or sick Men from Patriarchal countries would ever dare to express the view that that was acceptable.

Emilie Buchwald, author of Transforming a Rape Culture, describes that when society normalizes sexualized violence, it accepts and creates rape culture. In her book she defines rape culture as…..

a complex set of beliefs that encourage male sexual aggression and supports violence against women. It is a society where violence is seen as sexy and sexuality as violent. In a rape culture, women perceive a continuum of threatened violence that ranges from sexual remarks to sexual touching to rape itself. A rape culture condones physical and emotional terrorism against women as the norm . . . In a rape culture both men and women assume that sexual violence is a fact of life, inevitable

Violence sexy? Violence in action movies and online games is directed towards combatants in battle scenarios. Apart from a few exceptions like the car racing game where hookers and drugs were part of the game, violence is depicted in battle against combatants not against women. In films, sex is certainly way more explicit than it used to be. However romance is still popular and I cannot imagine any sex symbol lasting long in the industry if he played a character in a love story who raped or beat his love interest. No one in NZ would find that sexy. They would find it disgusting. Most women in NZ expect respect and love, not violence and the majority of Men in NZ want the same in return.

The website Force: Upsetting the Rape Culture explains how rape culture is the images, language, laws and other everyday phenomena that we see and hear everyday that validate and perpetuate rape.

Rape culture includes jokes, TV, music, advertising, legal jargon, laws, words and imagery, that make violence against women and sexual coercion seem so normal that people believe that rape is inevitable.

– www.wavaw.ca

When was the last time you heard a rape joke? If you are like me it would be never. When people have made rape jokes in America they get attacked on Twitter, on Facebook and in the Media. We have a very politically correct culture in NZ and it is hardly a breeding ground to allow rape jokes, images of rape, or laws that make it easy for a rapist to get off.

Yes, rape happens in New Zealand. Yes, we do have nasty examples of masculinity like the so called Roast Busters. What we do not have is a culture of rape. At least not by the definitions quoted above.

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