The ‘Taharrush’ Connection: Xenophobia, Islamophobia, and Sexual Violence in Germany and Beyond

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  1. As somebody living in Germany, I feel that the incindents in Cologne were massively blown out of any proportion by the media. Of course some women were confronted by also some muslim men in the streets were a lot of alcohol was around.
    Is this permissible by Islamic law ? No.
    Were they recently arrived refugees from other parts of they world not yet accustomed to life in Germany ? As far is I know – Yes.
    Was anybody actually raped ? haven’t heard about, just one minor injured girl by some kind of fireworks.

    • Sasa says:

      You should be ashamed of your haste to brush off multiple reports of attack as women ‘blowing things out of proportion’. By suggesting that this happened because the migrant men were not used to the German culture you inadvertently affirm that it is their native culture to behave so shockingly and with such sexual aggression. I fail to see the relevance of your mentioning alcohol contributed to the situation and by declaring alcohol unislamic, are you suggesting that Germany ban alcohol so that the migrants find it easier to be good Muslims? Why stop there, perhaps the German women should cover themselves to further encourage good Muslim behaviour from these men. Let us not forget whom are the guests in who’s country.

  2. Robert Noorlander says:

    It is a pity that the – mostly sensible – words in this essay completely avoid the nastiness of the assaults on women in Cologne and many, many other cities. You do not have to accuse all migrants to admit that this was an example of a cultural differnce in the attitude towards women and towards general decency. But no, you only blame the media. Sad.

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  4. nope says:

    Lot of talk to bs yourself. In Saudi Arabia Arabia women who are raped are often whipped. Honor killings are real and they really are from muslim countries. Selling underage girls into sex slavery or marriage is common too. One phrase is from Egypt, ergo the whole area is being unfairly labeled? This is barely sophistry. Excuse excuse excuse they love women, women can’t go to school and raping themselves not really a crime because their culture loves women. Shame on you.

  5. Sasa says:

    I am a multi-mixed race woman born and living in London. I have an African boyfriend and my step children are half Thai. I am not a racist. I don’t feel that it is racist to observe and be aware of cultural differences, even if those differences aren’t always positive. In my experience I have noticed that middle eastern and particularly North African men are more likely to be sexually aggressive when I encounter them on the streets of London. This is not the case for men of the same descent who are born in the UK so I assume it is a cultural difference that is encouraged in their countries of origin. Whilst men of all cultures might make a comment of infer something sexual, the men from North Africa and the Middle East are far more likely to grope and use sexually threatening behaviour such as blocking my way or leering into my face or becoming abusive when ignored. I experienced this same behaviour when I visited Egypt and it is a behaviour I have not experienced anywhere else during my travels of Africa, North & South America and the Far East. I have no ulterior motive for observing and reporting this behaviour and I am certainly not a white supremacist from the far right. If we do not acknowledge this behaviour then how can we discourage it or protect women from it? Why is it considered virtuous to pretend that all who report it have a racist agenda? I would gladly see an Egyptian man marry into my family and happily live next door to a Turkish family, in fact my extended family is made up of many such cultures. But I refuse to pretend that I haven’t noticed that many men born and raised in these cultures have behaved in a menacing and sexually threatening way towards me on many, many occasions. Too many occasions to be a coincidence, that’s for sure. So let’s stop acting like the media is just trying to portray a few random acts in a racist why and open the discussion on how to actively discourage this behaviour.

  6. Kshitij Bhayani says:

    So what do you have to say about this article in today’s date?

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