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No1blueengine Tue 06-Feb-18 12:15:12

I stumbled upon a thing on twitter, a video for #120db which appears to be a anti rape women movement in Europe. Essentially standing up for women who feel they have been thrown under the bus by Western Europe's migrant policy. I am having difficulty evaluating it frankly and wondered if anyone had any experience of it.

I am cautious because of what seems to be a overt anti-migrant position. It is not helped by a google search which brought up as the top response a piece on the movement by Brietbart. Also the Daughters of Europa thing rings in my ears as a call to nationalism but maybe it plays differently in mainland Europe than here on the fringes.

Fundamentally I don't want to see persons fleeing war etc and seeking safety labelled as potential rapists, but it has always seemed to me that the integration of migrant populations into European communities has been badly handled and with little thought to the consequences from what i can see.

As a child my community had a large intake of Lebanese refugees fleeing the civil war and i went to school with these children. There were exceptions of course but I saw the girls slowly disappear from school almost totally by age 14 to go back to Lebanon or elsewhere and get married and i had to deal with the boys whose level of misogyny was off the scale - even for Australia! So it doesn't take much for me to imagine what #120db are describing.

Obviously it is a nuanced subject. All refugees & migrants are not evil rapists in waiting. However, would it be fair to say that some persons, newly come to Europe, have come with a disconcertingly worrying attitude to women which is incompatible with assimilation and puts women at risk and that governments, for fear of giving legitimacy to the more far right/isolationist elements are ignoring the problem?

I feel like i am risking the electronic wroth of the internet for raising these questions but it must be worth a conversation surely?

Collidascope Tue 06-Feb-18 12:30:23

I agree with you. I feel like these happenings (e.g. the Cologne sexual assaults) are either used by the racist (and also misogynist...) press in order to prove all foreigners are rapists, or they're ignored by the press that prides itself on being liberal because it doesn't fit their agenda. I remember looking in vain for Guardian commentary when Cologne happened. It would be nice to have some honest, open coverage, and suggestions as to how to we deal with these problems. Mind you, the powers that be seem reluctant to deal with the problem of toxic masculinity full stop, so it stands to reason that the only ones who will deal with it are the ones who want to use it as a stick with which to beat people of a different nationality. I think a lot of men in positions of power just really don't care about the violent and sexual crimes committed by some men. It's seen as the price we pay to have all these wonderful, inventive, pioneering men at the top. Like the tortured genius trope, but applied to men as a whole. Women as a whole just get to be mediocre but reasonably peaceful.

Justabunchofcunts Tue 06-Feb-18 14:07:18

It sounds like an anti-immigration policy in disguise to me. I would be very wary.

No1blueengine Tue 06-Feb-18 15:52:39

i am wary justabunchofcunts and i think it probably is tied into far right/nationalist elements (the Brietbart connection is pretty damning to me) but on the basis that even a broken clock is right twice a day, perhaps there is a conversation to be had about migrants attitude to women and how the liberal media are ignoring the issue because as collidascope says, it doesn't suit their agenda.

I think it is this tow the line/no debate approach that sees otherwise amazing feminist advocates afraid to object to penises in women's spaces including all women shortlists, rape crisis centers etc. It is the same mentality that saw people afraid to make the connection between the actions of the Rotherham 6 and the culture which informed their actions.

I don't know what the answer is by the way. All i know is that is seems like women are under the bus yet again.

GoodyHumbygge Tue 06-Feb-18 16:04:18

I agree... I think both left wing and right wing men throw us under the bus for their own distinct purposes. I think there is valid debate to be had here, but I'm very sceptical about how it's being used. I get the impression that the mindset of right wing men disliking immigrants isn't out of a benevolent desire for women's autonomy, but that they feel a sense that their 'property' is being encroached upon. The whole thing feels very dogwhistly for the far right.

Ebba84 Wed 07-Feb-18 12:17:30

First time post, I actually registered so I could reply to this thread.

The 120DB movement has been brewing for a while in Germany and Austria as well as Sweden, but has only recently come to the forefront because of the video that was used to promote it.

Unfortunately the whole video and the movement has been put down in the media as being racist after it was retweeted by a number of far right groups who used the message for their own gains and right wing agenda.

The original message was absolutely not intended that way. 120DB wanted to attract the attention to the fact that more and more women, in Germany in particular, are carrying pepper spray and personal alarms with them because they don't feel safe in public anymore. They wanted to point out that this is a ridiculous situation that women have to arm themselves with these things to be able to go out and do the things they like.

Women of all ages simply do not feel safe anymore and face serious physical harassment on the street every single day. Harassment that goes further than just name calling, but involves groping, theft, beatings, rape and in some cases even murder.

I have personally witnessed this during a recent visit to Dortmund where guys deliberately pushed against me in the train station. Luckily my husband intervened and police presence made them go away, but it was scary to say the least.

I deliberately don't want to mention immigration, because I don't want to give fuel to some of the more rightwing people's ideas. However it is a fact that almost all the incidents are committed by what police refer to as "non-local" men. 120DB wants to attract attention to this because the incidents are not mentioned in the press or the regular media and women are increasingly wanting to know why. It is almost like these incidents aren't happening, but they are.

The movement is an extension from the #metoo campaign, only in this case women aren't just verbally harassed at work or have to put up with lecherous men but are physically targeted and attacked because they are women of a particular demographic.

user1491142393 Tue 13-Feb-18 17:52:20

The EU has a policy of not reporting migrants in a bad way. This is why 000's of sexual assaults against women are covered up.
A woman in England was recently raped by a somalian, she tried to explain she was still a virgin but it made no difference. His answer was she could not be a virgin as she was white.
Imagine how the msm would of been all over it if a white man had said that to a black woman. Or the woman who took a refugee in only for him to rape her 12yr old daughter, etc etc etc.
Its the likes of the white hating BBC NEWS etc that are keeping you in the dark about whats really going on.

user1491142393 Tue 13-Feb-18 17:57:57

On sale now in Germany are anti rape pants its that bad, they sold out quickly.

QuentinSummers Tue 13-Feb-18 22:34:15

I get the impression that the mindset of right wing men disliking immigrants isn't out of a benevolent desire for women's autonomy, but that they feel a sense that their 'property' is being encroached upon. The whole thing feels very dogwhistly for the far right.
This is what I think. So many people are totally happy to brush the UKs home grown rape culture under the carpet, yet make a huge fuss when immigrants rape.
We need to get our own house in order first. The biggest risk to women is men they know, not the immigrant down the street or the bogeyman in the bushes.

BlindYeo Tue 13-Feb-18 22:57:54

This is another perfect example of where people need to stop drinking the Guardian Kool Aid version of things.

Calling people racists or far right for being upset about what has been happening in their countries is exactly the same as TRAs shouting feminists down as transphobes.

Nobody is saying European men don't rape. But adding thousands of mostly young men from more misogynist cultures into your society, who in addition are not educated to a level that allows them to easily integrate into a high-skill economy, was bound to create additional problems. And women really don't need their countries to follow policies which increase the sex crime rate, do they?

QuentinSummers Tue 13-Feb-18 22:59:37

I think as not much is done about the sex crime rate full stop blaming immigrants is a bit rich

BlindYeo Tue 13-Feb-18 23:11:55

Whataboutery at its finest there Quentin

BlindYeo Tue 13-Feb-18 23:23:55

I agree with you entirely by the way OP. It is a glaring example of women being thrown under the bus.

Rape and sexual assault up 13% in Germany last year.

QuentinSummers Tue 13-Feb-18 23:24:12

Hardly. I'm not deflecting from sex crimes.
Why is it do you think that people are much happier to talk about reducing sex crimes by reducing immigration than by talking about other things (such as sentencing properly, better sex education especially for boys, not proven verdict for rape)?

QuentinSummers Tue 13-Feb-18 23:25:58

Also the whole point of the OP was to discuss whether or not it was acceptable to discuss migration in the context of rape. So my opinion is not whataboutery.
Yours is obviously different. Each to their own but no need to be a trombone about it.

Ebba84 Wed 14-Feb-18 08:26:31

@QuentinSummers I think you may've completely missed the point that is being made by the 120DB movement. They are not blaming migrants for rape or saying all migrants are rapists.

What they are asking is why rape by migrants isn't reported on, why it is almost deliberately swept under the carpet. They want to know why nobody in the press or in politics is questioning the fact that women are walking round with rape alarms or tear gas sprays. They are asking why the police are being told to omit assaults by certain demographics from crime figures. They are asking why rapists that have been clearly identified, that have in some cases even admitted what they did are being allowed to walk away scot free.

This isn't about educating boys to not rape women, this isn't about immigration. This is about women's voices not being heard and women's rights being trampled on. Before you start commenting on something you don't really know much about or have only read about in online forums I would advise you to actually go to Germany, and walk round some of the areas women are scared to go in.

stoneagefertilitydoll Wed 14-Feb-18 08:36:55

I'm heavily pro immigration - I've lived outside of my home country most of my adult life, so I'd be a hypocrite if I wasn't. I think freedom of movement enriches a country. Having said that, I think that the issues are demographics. If you bring large numbers of young males to an area and house them together, have them work together, eat together, spend every waking moment together, then it's going to cause trouble (whether they are immigrants or not) - families, coming to settle together are always going to be easier to integrate, because the children are a bridge.

QuentinSummers Wed 14-Feb-18 11:23:46

What they are asking is why rape by migrants isn't reported on, why it is almost deliberately swept under the carpet. They want to know why nobody in the press or in politics is questioning the fact that women are walking round with rape alarms or tear gas sprays. They are asking why the police are being told to omit assaults by certain demographics from crime figures. They are asking why rapists that have been clearly identified, that have in some cases even admitted what they did are being allowed to walk away scot free.
With the exception of the reporting demographics, one could (and many feminists do) make the same argument for rapists as a whole.
I was given a rape alarm to carry in freshers week at uni. That was because women arming themselves has always been an easier answer than getting men not to rape.
Rape/sexual assault is a huge problem. I disagree that immigration makes it worse.

ebba you sound like Donald Trump going on about how parts of the UK aren't safe because of "Muslims".

Ebba84 Wed 14-Feb-18 12:06:30

Quentin I am not sure what your comment about Donald Trump has got to do with the original comment, unless of course it is a tactic to deflect from the topic at hand or to make me out to be a racist.

Nobody is denying that rape/sexual assault is a problem, the issue is that rape by a certain demographic in Germany is being swept under the carpet and deliberately not reported on. That is what women are questioning and demanding answers to. That is what the 120DB movement is about.

They want to know why when women are viciously attacked perpetrators aren't arrested and let go for the specific reason that they are migrants. They want to know why when they go swimming and are corralled by groups of men so they can be groped it is brushed off as "you have to forgive them they don't understand our culture". They want to know why the media is full of #metoo stories about celebrities in other countries but nobody in their own country reports on the serious increase of sexual assaults, murders, beatings and rapes.

QuentinSummers Wed 14-Feb-18 12:31:51

I've searched up the # now and I'm even less convinced. Lots of pictures and videos of pretty white women, lots of crimes reported as being done by "immigrants" ie non-white people. It isn't even immigrants from a particular area.

One of the featured cases was the nanny killed in the Westminster bridge attack - which was a terror attack, not a sex crime.

There is a lot of coopting of #metoo going on as well.

It seems very dog whistle to me, and of course white men love it because they can point to "those immigrant men, and their culture" as the cause of rising sexual assault rates.

CritEqual Wed 14-Feb-18 20:18:08

What pisses me off is how the potential female immigrants are completely rendered invisible. I'm broadly in favour of immigration, and certainly when it comes to refugees, but how the current system actually privileges male migration. Maybe we should encourage equal numbers of men and women?

Of course male violence is going to go up across the board of we are altering the very demographics of the country in favour of males, and way way more migrants are male.

sportinguista Thu 15-Feb-18 10:54:17

I go along with the fact that a demographic skew is likely to produce problems coupled with the fact that many of these young men are unlikely to be able to find employment, have much money and maybe even training. Culturally they are no doubt different but I imagine barring special educational needs they are able to understand different concepts such as the treatment of others even if they are not able to delve deeper into cultural history etc, that they choose not to I suppose is a criminal matter and they should on that basis be treated exactly the same as any other person who commits a crime.

The rights of women, from all cultural backgrounds should be respected and whatever situation they are in life. Men whatever their motivation which can cover a lot of very topical points at the moment do not have a right to harm the rights of women.

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