Category Archives: Gender Equality

“AfD hat überhaupt keine Inhalte”

Deutsche Welle: AfD im Bundestag: Der kalkulierte Eklat. “Ein Jahr vor der Bundestagswahl in Deutschland setzt die rechte Partei AfD auf Eskalation. Ihr Vorbild: Donald Trump. Die Methode ist zerstörerisch – am Ende vielleicht sogar für die Partei selbst.”

“Die Amadeu-Antonio-Stiftung in Berlin, die sich unter anderem gegen Rechtsextremismus einsetzt, bewertet die Aktion als Teil einer Medienstrategie der Partei. Die AfD wolle Misstrauen säen und den politischen Gegner vorführen. “Rechte Aktivisten haben das Ziel, die Demokratie, politische Gegner und die demokratischen Institutionen zu delegitimieren.”

Die Stiftung hat in einer aktuellen Studie das Verhalten sogenannter “rechts-alternativer” Gruppen in den Sozialen Medien ausgewertet – unter ihnen auch die AfD. Die Gruppen erreichen auf YouTube, Facebook und Twitter ein Millionenpublikum. Der YoutTube-Kanal der AfD-Bundestagsfraktion gehört zu einem der einflussreichsten im rechten Spektrum.

Als Hauptziel beobachtet die Stiftung dabei, die Grenzen des Sagbaren zu verschieben. In der Studie von 2020 heißt es: “Rechts-alternative Akteur*innen möchten eine Ideologie verbreiten, die (noch) keine Mehrheitsmeinung ist und sich in Teilen auch abseits der demokratischen Grundwerte bewegt. Deshalb versuchen sie, die allgemein akzeptierten Grenzen des öffentlichen Diskurses durch ständige Tabubrüche zu verschieben. Dies geschieht strategisch, schrittweise und kontinuierlich.”
Experten beobachten, dass diese Strategie von einer stetigen Radikalisierung geprägt ist. Denn um dauerhaft in den Schlagzeilen zu bleiben, müssen die Botschaften immer radikaler werden. Donald Trump hat es in seiner Amtszeit vorgemacht.

Diese Radikalisierung birgt aber auch für die AfD selbst zwei Gefahren. Zum einen ist sie inhaltsleer. Denn die einfachen Botschaften für die eigenen Zielgruppen erlauben keine tiefere Debattenkultur.

Für Britta Haßelmann von der Partei “Die Grünen” ist das auch eine der größten offenen Flanken der AfD im bevorstehen Bundestags-Wahlkampf: “Es muss uns gelingen deutlich zu machen, dass die AfD überhaupt keine Inhalte hat und keine Antworten auf die großen Zukunftsfragen: weder auf die Corona-Pandemie, noch auf die Klimakrise oder auf soziale Fragen. Diese Konzeptionslosigkeit müssen wir herausarbeiten.””

“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” RBG

The New York Times: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court’s Feminist Icon, Is Dead at 87. “The second woman appointed to the Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg’s pointed and powerful dissenting opinions earned her late-life rock stardom.”

“Wendy W. Williams, an emeritus professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center and Justice Ginsburg’s authorized biographer, wrote in a 2013 article that Ms. Ginsburg’s litigation campaign succeeded in “targeting, laser-like, the complex and pervasive legal framework that treated women as yin and men as yang, and either rewarded them for their compliance with sex-appropriate role behavior or penalized them for deviation from it.”

Professor Williams continued: “She saw that male and female were viewed in law and beyond as a natural duality — polar opposites interconnected and interdependent by nature or divine design — and she understood that you couldn’t untie one half of that knot.” Male plaintiffs were thus essential to the project of dismantling what Justice Ginsburg referred to as “sex-role pigeonholing.” Sex discrimination hurt both men and women, and both stood to be liberated by Ruth Ginsburg’s vision of sex equality.” What Ruth Bader Ginsburg Would Want America to Do Now
Throughout all of the late-breaking notorious fame, the justice knew that she was just one link in the chain.

“America has lost a warrior and it’s OK to be crushed. I am flattened. And I will mourn, because she deserves to be mourned. But we are also facing an almighty battle that will rage in the coming weeks, with attempts to fill her seat in an unseemly and grotesque manner. It will be hard, and painful, but if you find yourself feeling hopeless and powerless, then you are empathically doing it wrong. Because if anyone had a right to say “nah,” it was the woman who couldn’t get a job or a clerkship after graduating at the top of her class. But she pushed on, and then she pushed forward. She stepped into the fight of the phenomenal women who paved the path before, and now, well, it’s time to step into her fight and get it finished. I think the Notorious RBG would have peered owlishly out at all of us tonight and asked what the heck we are waiting for. And I think we can probably honor her best by getting to it.”

Barack Obama on My Statement on the Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

“Four and a half years ago, when Republicans refused to hold a hearing or an up-or-down vote on Merrick Garland, they invented the principle that the Senate shouldn’t fill an open seat on the Supreme Court before a new president was sworn in.

A basic principle of the law — and of everyday fairness — is that we apply rules with consistency, and not based on what’s convenient or advantageous in the moment. The rule of law, the legitimacy of our courts, the fundamental workings of our democracy all depend on that basic principle. As votes are already being cast in this election, Republican Senators are now called to apply that standard. The questions before the Court now and in the coming years — with decisions that will determine whether or not our economy is fair, our society is just, women are treated equally, our planet survives, and our democracy endures — are too consequential to future generations for courts to be filled through anything less than an unimpeachable process.”

ACLU: In Memory of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020).

“She began Harvard Law School as a young mother and one of only nine women in her class, and became the architect of a legal strategy to eradicate gender discrimination in the United States. She modeled her approach after that of Thurgood Marshall on race discrimination, planning for a series of cases at the Supreme Court, each precedent paving the way for the next that would further expand rights and protections. In 1993, she joined the court as an associate justice, and over the decades became a cultural icon beloved for her vision and passion in defending the rights of women.”

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“Why were so many predators getting away with it? And what would it take to stop them?”

The New York Times: The Rape Kit’s Secret History. “This is the story of the woman who forced the police to start treating sexual assault like a crime.” By Pagan Kennedy.

“How could a tool as potentially powerful as the rape kit have come into existence in the first place? For nearly two decades, I’d been reporting on inventors, breakthroughs and the ways that new technologies can bring about social change. It seemed to me that the rape-kit system was an invention like no other. Can you think of any other technology designed to hold men accountable for brutalizing women?

As soon as I began to investigate the rape kit’s origins, however, I stumbled across a mystery. Most sources credited a Chicago police sergeant, Louis Vitullo, with developing the kit in the 1970s. But a few described the invention as a collaboration between Mr. Vitullo and an activist, Martha Goddard. Where was the truth? As so often happens in stories about rape, I found myself wondering whom to believe.


The rape-kit idea was presented to the public as a collaboration between the state attorney’s office and the police department, with men running both sides… and little credit given to the women who had pushed for reform. Ms. Goddard agreed to this […] because she saw that it was the only way to make the rape kit happen.”