Cologne Attacks Raise Major Questions About Arab Men & Women's Safety In Western Countries

Cologne Attacks Raise Major Questions About Arab Men & Women's Safety In Western Countries

Over the New Years holiday, Germany experienced significant attacks of a wide-ranging nature on women living there. Writing for The New Yorker, Amy Davidson describes the scene -- NPR estimates that 1000 men gathered by Cologne's famous cathedral and central hub train station -- on New Year's Eve in Cologne as reported in Der Spiegel:

That night, as revellers filled the station platforms and—following a dubious German tradition—tossed firecrackers, they were pushed out into already crowded streets. There, groups of men who, according to eye-witness accounts and subsequent police investigations, were primarily foreigners from nations in North Africa, the Middle East, and the Balkans, targeted women and surrounded them. Some of the men groped and taunted them, while others stole their wallets and their cell phones. Women, accompanied or not, literally ran a ‘gauntlet’ through masses of heavily intoxicated men that words cannot describe.” The atmosphere was “chaotic and shameless.” Women reported men grabbing at their breasts and between their legs, among other violent and sexual assaults. With the press of the crowd, there was nowhere for the women to go and, although they screamed for help, the police had no effective response; the report described them as overwhelmed, and some witnesses said that they seemed to stand by in confusion. The police report expressed relief that no one was killed, but that appears to have been a matter of luck, not the result of any actions on the part of law enforcement. The chief of police has already been pushed into early retirement.

"A lot happened on New Year's Eve in Cologne, much of it contradictory, much of it real, much of it imagined," wrote the staff of Der Spiegel, who obtained an internal police document about the night's events. "Some was happenstance, some was exaggerated and much of it was horrifying."

EYE | Alicia Vikender Sky Dives Into Vogue US January 2016 As Caitlyn Jenner Says 'I'm Sorry' For Women & Appearances TIME Comments

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Alicia Vikender Sky Dives Into David Sims Images For Vogue US January 2016

Swedish actor Alicia Vikander is styled in a spring 2016 print frenzy by Tonne Goodman.  Alicia is riding a high wave after being nominated for two Golden Globes for her performances in 'Ex Machina' and 'The Danish Girl'.

Alicia plays Gerda, wife to artist Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne) as s(he) prepares to undergo one of the earliest sex-change operations. 

Eddie Redmayne (l) and Alicia Vikander (r)  in 'The Danish Girl'

Eddie Redmayne (l) and Alicia Vikander (r) in 'The Danish Girl'

Reviews include:

'The Danish Girl': Venice Review David Rooney for The Hollywood Reporter

Review: 'The Danish Girl', About a Transgender Pioneer AO Scott for New York Times

The Danish Girl -- An Opportunity Lost Erica Koppler for Huffington Post

Related French Roast News . . . Anne is reading . . . 

Caitlyn Jenner on Privilege, Reality TV and Deciding to Come Out TIME

To you, what does it mean to be a woman and how have your ideas about that evolved?

Ohhh, that is something. I got to the point where every day I was living authentically, but what does all this mean? What does this thing that you have had in your head for so many years, mean? It’s more than makeup and clothes and all that other stuff. And what is that? I’m working on that. There’s still a lot to learn about being a woman. Honestly, I started getting books, started reading on all that kind of stuff. Have I come up with an answer? Not even close.

Caitlyn Jenner talks 'feminine presentation,' upsets trans community in the process Zap2it.com

Caitlyn Jenner Blogs About Her Time Interview and Sets the Record Straight on Appearance Comments EONLINE

What Is a Woman? Michelle Goldberg for The New Yorker Aug. 4, 2014

The dispute began more than forty years ago, at the height of the second-wave feminist movement. In one early skirmish, in 1973, the West Coast Lesbian Conference, in Los Angeles, furiously split over a scheduled performance by the folksinger Beth Elliott, who is what was then called a transsexual. Robin Morgan, the keynote speaker, said:

I will not call a male “she”; thirty-two years of suffering in this androcentric society, and of surviving, have earned me the title “woman”; one walk down the street by a male transvestite, five minutes of his being hassled (which he may enjoy), and then he dares, he dares to think he understands our pain? No, in our mothers’ names and in our own, we must not call him sister.

Angelina Jolie Has Second Surgery | Jolie's Impact On BRCA Screening Is Huge

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Angelina Jolie shared one more reason why she is among the world’s most admired women, writing an op ed in The New York Times about her latest preventive surgery. Two years ago the world star had a double mastectomy after learning that she carries the BRCA1 gene. Angelina Jolie Pitt, the name she used in today’s op ed, had an 87% risk of getting breast cancer and a 50% risk of ovarian cancer and lost her mother, grandmother and aunt to cancer.

Jolie’s recent surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes was always part of her health management plan, but a recent blood test and follow-up medical treatment prompted her to act now.

At the time of her double mastectomy, Jolie wrote: ‘I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.’

In today’s piece, Jolie reached out to women, saying ‘I feel feminine and grounded in the choices I am making for myself and my family. I know my children will never have to say ‘Mom died of ovarian cancer”.

High Impact on Women’s Health

2. In 2014 Dr. Harold Burstein from the Harvard Medical School shared news of Angelina’s impact on women getting checked for BRCA mutations. Calling her first op-ed ‘a model of medical writing’, Dr. Burstein referred to a study at the University of Toronto that examined both an increase in medical screenings and whether the subjects were medically appropriate candidates or just nervous nellies.

Focusing on their own populations in Toronto, the doctors concluded that the number of BRCA! and BRCA2 screenings doubled as a result of her op ed. The candidates for the screenings were ABSOLUTELY women who should be screened. A secondary effect was a strong increase in physician referrals by doctors influenced by the Jolie effect, health workers who probed more deeply into women’s medical histories.

Madonna Calls Out Gay Men's Misogyny In Out Magazine April 2015 Interview

Madonna Calls Out Gay Men’s Misogyny In Out Magazine April 2015 Interview

Madonna’s comments echo those of 2015 Academy Awards best supporting actress Patricia Arquette, who was criticised loudly for suggesting that multiple groups — including the LGBT community — must stand for women. The debate became one about intersectionality, political correctness,  and white women high-wage earners and not Arquette’s sound argument that all women are entitled to expect support for women’s rights after so many have stood for LGBT rights.

Victoria's Secret Angels Flock Loses Doutzen Kroes, Lindsay Ellingson & Karlie Kloss

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Two more Victoria’s Secret Angels have left the flock. Karlie Kloss made the biggest news last Friday, leaving the world’s largest lingerie brand to pursue a degree at New York University while maintaining her modeling career and business interests.

Doutzen Kroes

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Now we learn that Doutzen Kroes also left the Victoria’s Secret gaggle of Angels in late December to pursue a ‘lucrative business opportunity in Europe. Like with Kloss, Ed Razek, Chief Marketing Officer of VS, stressed that there was no conflict. Doutzen Kroes now has two children with husband Sunnery James: their son Phyllon and new daughter Myllena. Razek wrote on his Instagram account:

Doutzen had a lucrative opportunity in Europe and it would have conflicted with her VS obligations. So, at her agencies request, we released her from contract. There was no conflict. No animosity. None of the nonsense I’ve read on Instagram. She had a great business opportunity, and I wanted to be fair to someone I adore and respect. That’s all. I honestly believe Doutzen is one of the most stunningly beautiful people in the world. And I always will. I have told her that many times. Now you know.

Lindsay Ellingson

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The third Victoria’s Secret Angel to depart the brand is Lindsay Ellingson, who is launching a cosmetics line called Wander Beauty that will debut on the QVC television channel in April 2015. Ellingson’s business partner Divya Gugnani graduated from the Harvard business school and used to work at QVC. Gugnani is the co-founder of Send the Trend, a NY based startup that was acquired by QVC in 2012.

Previously: Karlie Kloss

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Eye | A Digital Tizzy Erupts Over Emma Watson & Prince Harry Rumors | Karlie Kloss Hangs Up Her Victoria’s Secret Wings

Victoria’s Secret has confirmed the loss of Karlie Kloss with glowing words about the model.

‘Karlie and I met several months ago to discuss the many things she hoped to do in her life and career. As we talked, it became clear she would not have the time to fulfill her myriad commitments. Reluctantly, we agreed she would leave the brand at the end of her contract. Karlie is one of a kind, a very close friend, someone I truly admire and love. She is, without question, one of the best models ever. But she is an even better person. Her future is unlimited, and I am excited to see all the good she will do. Karlie Kloss will always be an Angel to me,’ Ed Razek, senior creative executive for Victoria’s Secret, said in confirming the Friday night rumor.