Demographics and Bigotry

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Stu
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Demographics and Bigotry

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In the UK, we recently had a case of a serving police officer raping and murdering a woman on the street, using his police credentials and handcuffs to facilitate his unspeakable crime. Today, he was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison. Rightly so. I hope he rots. However, this case, and a small number of others, seem to have given media feminists reason to believe they can trot out misandry - claiming that the problem is "men" - as though all men have this within us and we are all a danger to women. This is appalling and offensive. One of these who made this claim on TV is an actress, talk show "media personality" and self-declared feminist, called Nadia Sawalha.

Between the ages of 13 and 16, I lived and went to school in a district of a town that was about 25% Muslim - mostly Pakistani. These Muslims were our neighbours and our pals. They had darker skins than we did and a funny religion, but they were still our mates and we socialised with them, came to know their families and were often at each other's houses. The friendships I made as a child with my Muslim former schoolmates continued for decades after leaving school. I had two main Pakistani lads who I knew I could turn to if I needed help with anything as they could ask me. I also had a female friend called Salma. It was always a strictly platonic friendship that continued many years after leaving school. She is of Jordanian heritage and always wears a hijab and is a strict Muslim. I met and came to know her husband who is also Jordanian and her two children, both girls. When her older girl had to be rushed to hospital some time circa 1990, she left the younger one (then aged 7) with my wife and I to take care of. They entrusted their precious Muslim daughter with a non-Muslim family for two days.

The UK, like America, has experienced serious Islamic terrorist atrocities. After these, would it occur to me to blame my local Muslim community or my friends in that community? Absolutely not. The people to blame are the terrorists themselves and those who support their actions. But Nadia Sawalha, who coincidentally is or Jordanian heritage herself, thinks all men are somehow responsible for the horrific crime I described on account of their gender. This is anti-male bigotry, pure and simple. And we have seen where such bigotry led in Germany in the 1930s when another demographic, Jewish people, were blamed for all the ills of the country. We shouldn't tolerate it.
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I agree with your comments. It’s appalling.

Two points which may hopefully contextualise your comments:

1. Nadia also spouted this stuff a couple of weeks ago - and the reaction of the public was very mixed. Many women took her to task.

2. I’m not getting any sense of her words having any impact on women I interact with. The one comment I’ve seen (Facebook) which echoed Nadia’s view was swiftly and firmly rebutted by her female friends. That’s encouraging.

Still, this stuff is osmotic. It needs to be challenged, lest it have lasting impact.
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Never heard of this Nadia Sawalha and her comments have certainly noted impinged in our lives. So maybe her remarks haven't really had much effect. That doesn't mean that they wouldn't should she be vociferous enough. Incidentally it seems that a group of police officers, Metropolitan and other, and an ex-officer were involved in a WhatsApp group spouting vile remarks and are under investigation. So maybe it will expand into a much bigger investigation. But yes, his whole of life incarceration is warranted if only because of his abuse of his position. Anyone being "arrested" is not able to refuse or resist such and most would not know of their rights on arrest. I don't and wouldn't know if I was safe on arrest.
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