In this political season, everyone speaks of wanting the women’s vote. Mr. Trump says he “Cherishes Women” and says other things we’ll not mention here. (Huffington Post) Senator Rubio, as others on both sides of the aisle, is concerned about families, which include wives and daughters. Nevertheless, it is a harsh fact that all men of the world need to not only adore, respect, and honor the women in their lives, they better be ready to protect them.
Women have been called throughout history as the “weaker sex”, but that is debatable when we consider history and the women who faced death bravely…such as Saints Perpetua and Felicitas. (Their story will be in another post. ) The spirit and courage of women the world over is often not told. Even the women who stood up for the vote and free speech were no cowards. In our modern times, the military women who brave the training in boot camps along with men, in order to serve their country with pride, are not flower children. Neither are they, in many cases, weaklings.
The muscles of most men are likely stronger than women. I marvel at how they can lift and move things that are difficult and heavy. Their work is often hard and yet they do it. Men digging ditches; coal miners and construction workers to name a few of our hard working and strong men.
There are amazing women who are brave and above the average. However most young and older women are not called on for such efforts. They are doing the everyday things and call on the male counter-part when the job gets more than she can handle. The women I know appreciate that they can call on a male to help her out.
Women out on the town, like a New Year’s celebration or other events, are generally out to just have an enjoyable evening. They are our friends, sisters, mothers and wives. Who knew that they would need strong and determined men to help them when just walking down the street? This leads me to the reality of our world and what is happening to women. We will start with Europe in recent days.
Women who have been surrounded by numbers of men to do them harm…to intimidate…to brutalize and humiliate and to rape are definitely at risk. These women have little chance to ward off their attackers. What type of men would be so uncaring, callus, and determined to insult and harm? They are not the world’s average men, but those whose culture has condoned these behaviors toward women for thousands of years…seeing them little more than property…and/or infidels to over-power, humiliate and terrorize.
Read now an article written by Bret Stephens for the New York Times, on Jan. 12. It is certainly enlightening and with a proposal for law makers to consider as they debate the problem of immigration.
“Among the hard lessons of our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, surely one of them is that it’s foolish to expect that backward and often barbaric societies can be transformed into functioning liberal democracies. So why do liberals seem so surprised that so many people from these societies behave in barbaric ways after they’ve shoved their way into the West?
As I write, 516 criminal complaints have been filed in Germany against men of mainly North African or Arab origin who went on a New Year’s Eve sexual-assault rampage in the city of Cologne.
“Twenty or 30 men, foreign men, surrounded us and we couldn’t even move anymore,” a woman identified as Michelle told the BBC. “They just grabbed our arms and tried to tear us apart and pushed our clothes away and tried to get between our legs.”
Similar events also took place in Hamburg, Stuttgart and Berlin. In Sweden, a scandal erupted after it emerged that police had suppressed a report of mass groping by Middle East migrants at a festival last summer. In September, Soeren Kern of the Gatestone Institute chronicled some 30 cases of rape and sexual assault perpetrated by migrants against German and migrant women alike.
“In Bavaria, women and girls housed at a refugee shelter. . . are subject to rape and forced prostitution on a daily basis,” Mr. Kern writes, citing reports from women’s rights groups. “The price for sex with female asylum seekers is 10 euros.”
For anyone even minimally acquainted with Mideast mores, none of this is news. Mob sexual assaults in Egypt became notorious after the 2011 attack on reporter Lara Logan, (see her full story at the end of this blog) but they have become a staple of Egyptian life. “Suddenly I was in the middle, surrounded by hundreds of men in a circle that was getting smaller and smaller around me,” one Egyptian woman wrote of a 2013 attack in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. “They were touching and groping me everywhere.”
The World Economic Forum publishes a Global Gender Gap Report, which ranks the status of women in 142 countries. Bottom of the list: Yemen, Pakistan, Chad, Syria, Mali and Iran, all Muslim-majority countries. A 2013 Pew survey of Muslim views on women’s rights found that only 22% of Egyptians and 14% of Iraqis thought that women should have a right to divorce their husbands, while fully 92% of Moroccans and 87% of Palestinians thought a wife must always obey her husband.
Put bluntly, there is a pronounced tendency among Middle Eastern men to view women either as chattel or as whores. This is not a pleasant reality to acknowledge, but it’s an even more dangerous thing to ignore. So why is it ignored?
Mr. Kern writes that police have remained silent about incidents of rape “because they do not want to give legitimacy to critics of mass migration.” That fits the pattern in Sweden, as it does with the Rotherham child sex-ring case, involving some 1,400 English girls abused over 16 years by men of Pakistani descent. In that case, police and social services ignored evidence of the abuse for fear of “giving oxygen to racist perspectives,” according to the Independent Inquiry into the case.
Or, as Denis MacShane, Rotherham’s former Labour MP and self-declared “Guardian-reading liberal leftie” put it, it was a matter of “not wanting to rock the multicultural community boat.”
That’s a telling admission. Multiculturalism is a liberal fetish that is also the antithesis of liberalism, classical or modern—a simultaneous belief in individual autonomy and cultural equality, irrespective of whether different cultures believe in individual rights or not.
Typically liberals have elided this incoherence by pretending, as President Obama often does, that Western cultures are no better than non-Western cultures in respecting human rights, or by demanding radical liberalism inside the West while supinely accepting violent anti-liberalism outside it.
But the events in Cologne make a nonsense of this. What was outside the West is now inside. In the spirit of Christian charity, Angela Merkel and other European leaders have imported a culture of Muslim misogyny. In the name of humanity, the benefactors are asked to close their eyes to the brutishness of so many of their beneficiaries. (2015 News Report about Assaults )
At his State of the Union address Tuesday night, Mr. Obama is expected to make the case for opening our doors to Syrian refugees. As the son of a displaced person who arrived with her mother in the United States after World War II with seven dollars, I’m sympathetic to immigrants, particularly the lowliest among them. Whether their papers are in order doesn’t matter to me. It’s their intentions that count.
No amount of vetting is going to find all the bad apples in the new wave of Middle Eastern refugees. So here’s my modest proposal, for Mr. Obama and Ms. Merkel. Let’s open our doors wide to women, young children and the elderly. And let’s close it shut to the men. They have a mess to clean up in their own countries. And much to prove in the horrifying wake of Cologne.”
Lara Login tells her story of assault in Egypt 2011 Thankful to be alive, she speaks out that people may know what many women have endured. (Produced by CBS and 60 Minutes )