Alice Schwarzer faced arguments and screams as she tried to talk to a group of opponents during the “headscarf discussion” at Frankfurt University. The situation escalated when she touched a woman in veil on her arm. “Don’t touch me,” screamed the untouchable and hateful Internet postings, along with the usual ” accusations of racism,” attacked the 76-year-old journalist from the magazine EMMA. She now accuses her opponents of ” misrepresenting facts “. Alice Schwarzer has mocked a “Muslima”, headlines the newspaper Merkur, “Her assault on a young Muslima shows how racist Alice Schwarzer is,” Katharina Alexander is eager to claim on the portal ze.tt and the Tagesspiegel author Hatice Akyün rages: “These few seconds with Alice Schwarzer are hardly bearable, her arrogance, her hubris, her disrespect, her cynicism! If that’s supposed to be feminism, then I’m ashamed to be a feminist,” she writes on Twitter.Alice Schwarzer does not accept that and answers to the Shit Storm initiators:
Dear unknown Muslim woman,
I’m amazed. I’m amazed at how you misrepresent the facts. During the conference I was the only one who went out to talk to you. And I didn’t say “What do you want here”, but “What do you want? I want to talk to you”. That sounds quite different, doesn’t it? Then I stood in the midst of all of you. Then you and two other women immediately started screaming very excitedly. I tried to reason and tapped your left arm like I did. Then you screamed even louder, “Don’t touch me”. – and I replied ironically: “I thought only men were not allowed to touch you…”.
Actually, the whole thing is too “ridiculous” to talk about, Alice Schwarzer continues on Twitter.Her opponents have started a defamation campaign because of her offer to talk. This is “really sad” and at the same time “revealing”, the journalist says.
Rarely has a conference of the University of Frankfurt been so much in the focus of an excited public as it is today. It was all day about the Islamic headscarf and the question of whether it should be seen as a symbol of the dignity of the woman or her oppression. The starting point was an exhibition in the Frankfurt Museum of Applied Arts, in which fashion designs from the Islamic world, the so-called modest fashion, was presented. For this purpose, Susanne Schröter, who deals with global Islam at the Goethe University, wanted to contribute an intellectual and critical discussion of the fashionable statements. Both the exhibition and the conference were accompanied by heavy protests, the noise and raging in the anti-social media was fierce. There was even a campaign to remove Susanne Schröter from the university. Because, according to the propaganda of an Islamist group, their research and also the conference amount to applied racism. At the same time, others were bothered by the presence of Khola Maryam Hübsch from the conservative Ahmadiyya club.Some demonstrators had gathered in front of the conference building to silently express their displeasure and condemn racism – which they used to choose the wrong term, because Muslims are known to exist in all skin colors. Thus, the day began with a press conference in which the president of the Goethe University and a representative of the student body, the Asta, announced their solidarity with the inviting professor. That was extraordinary, as were the police in front of the house, the television cameras and the crowds in general – 700 people had registered for this symposium. And then again everything was as usual, because the headscarf has been spinning for decades. It is a topic that can be used to reduce complicated questions, even if it is only to the sentence that you should beware of premature reductions. Muslims have been living in Europe for centuries. But we still talk about it as if they had just fallen from the sky yesterday, as if this world religion and its followers were obscure topics about which only insiders can speak.The conference started with two overview lectures, once by Susanne Schröter herself, after which Alice Schwarzer spoke. Both had in common the historical-political perspective. If you look at pictures from Tehran and Baghdad from the seventies, you will learn that the girls and women wore urban fashion and their hair was open. Using the example of the Islamization of the public in the Indonesian province of Aceh, Susanne Schröter was able to show that fashionable cover, misogynist repression and Islamization go hand in hand. She argues for a distinction between the subjective determination of a woman to cover hair and skin, which should be respected, and the systemic and historical development that represents the advance of political Islam and to which the prescribed veiling belongs – it must be enlightened. Alice Schwarzer has long been a chronicler of this development. In her tour d’horizon she referred to a journey she made to Iran in 1979 to help committed women there. But it was in vain, the repression and repression in Iran were unstoppable. In this context, Susanne Schröter also warned against false hopes for a turnaround for a secular regime in Tehran: too many men lived in the service of the Islamist state apparatus and profited from the complete control of the economy of the rich country.The history of the advance of political Islam is one of the most explosive issues of our time. The diverse political movements, supported by Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, which use the means of religion, have become a serious challenge to the liberal society.