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I found this book triggering to read. It's not fun but it is important.

Final paragraphs:

In writing this book, I have come to the conclusion that we need a new women's movement, one that views the world not in terms of multiculturalism and intersectionality but in universal terms and that, in the spirit of John Stuart and Harriet Taylor Mill [authors of The Subjection of Women, 1861], is prepared to stand up for the rights of all women.

Women's safety from predatory men is the issue around which all true feminists must rally and coalesce.

We women can and must refuse to be relegated, as we have been in the past—as I have been in my own lifetime—to the status of prey. I hope you will join me in this endeavor.

I found this book triggering to read. It's not fun but it is important. Final paragraphs: > In writing this book, I have come to the conclusion that we need a new women's movement, one that views the world not in terms of multiculturalism and intersectionality but in universal terms and that, in the spirit of John Stuart and Harriet Taylor Mill [authors of *The Subjection of Women*, 1861], is prepared to stand up for the rights of all women. > Women's safety from predatory men is the issue around which all true feminists must rally and coalesce. > We women can and must refuse to be relegated, as we have been in the past—as I have been in my own lifetime—to the status of prey. I hope you will join me in this endeavor.

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I can’t remember if it was 2015 or 2016 when the Cologne mass sex assaults happened, but at the time I frequented a relatively popular site that was being infiltrated – and now is completely commandeered by – woke people. I could not believe the pushback against speaking obvious truths about what had actually happened. It’s not hate to speak the truth.

I’m glad for Ayaan’s voice.

I just finished her book, Heretic. It was very good. I’ll be sure to grab this one next.

Ayaan's story (mainly, how liberals in both Europe and the USA were happy to throw her to the wolves for demanding the liberation of Muslim women) was a big peak moment for me. I've read her other books and I have Prey waiting on my kindle.

Also, I recommend buying the audio versions because her voice/accent is gorgeous

Peak Islam should be a thing, too. I basically have no patience for Muslim fragility, now. (And that's A Thing if ever there was one). All the redeeming qualities I thought it had usually turned out to be non-existent. Crafted together through lying by omission and cherry picking. Anything nice about it as a religion existed in most other religions already.

I read this book a while back and I'm very glad she wrote it. It's very refreshing to see open, blunt statements on the importance of women's rights without hiding behind cultural relativism.

You'd think that rape and murder would be enough for a government- and a society- to say e-fucking-nough. You'd think that all sympathy would dry up. But Western Europeans couldn't even bring themselves to impose long prison sentences. And they didn't even want to initiate assimilation classes to teach men how to behave in their countries. The Swedish parliament was worried that such classes would be patronizing.

If you have to teach a man how to not rape and strangle girls once he's in your country, I say you shouldn't let him in in the first place. But if you're going to, what precisely does he have to do for you to think "fuck this guy's feelings!"? And wouldn't it be kinder to patronize him now to save him from prison or deportation later? Because your own citizens are going to get fed up and make you do just that. If it gets violent enough, you may have to leave your own homeland as well.

Ali's own translator got groped by an aggressive male migrant while researching for this book. It wasn't just New Year's Eve in Cologne. It's the new normal in many parts of Europe. And I'm sorry, but yes the locals have reason to be angry to the point of bitter. They largely welcomed migrants and refugees out of a genuine sense of humanity. What a way to return the favor.

I'm still reading the book, but I sure would like to know the stats of refugees and migrants that went to Eastern Europe. They know that they're on thin ice just being there. This really bothers me in one way- it's not like other countries haven't taken in Eastern European diaspora time and again. It was actually one reason for Brexit. I get angry with Poland being smug about how few refugees and migrants they take. In the UK, about 40% of Poles who arrive in the country apply for counsel housing and don't seek employment. So many people have helped Polish refugees throughout history, including Iran, btw. They couldn't help anyone with good grace? It was hard to see.

At the same time, I wonder what the attack rates against women are. I'm willing to bet that these men know that they can't do in Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, etc what they do in France, Germany, and Sweden. I don't believe they can't help it or just don't know any better. They know that the locals here are just itching for an excuse.

Were it up to me, I would only take in female refugees and boys under sixteen, or men over 80. Males who grow up in the country are still on probationary residence permanently. One incident of rape and they get deported. Every country has its own indigenous rapists. No need to keep excess ones.

Canada only took in families and women with children, but we still managed to get a sexual assault at a wave pool where the guy basically got off, assuming they identified the right guy (and it was in my city and I didn't even know about it).

I find it interesting that she thinks we should just scrap the refugee system and only take in people who are clearly willing to adapt to Western culture (many young men are, some never will), while doing something about conditions pushing people to migrate in the first place.

I don't know if she covered fixing conditions back home in Prey since I'm not finished with it. But I know she feels strongly that we should do just that according to her other interviews. Nonetheless, she's skeptical. She correctly believes that you just can't fix these problems while people still believe in Islam. And not just marginally, but has read the Quran and Hadith and what's written in them. I have no idea what can be done about that. But I don't believe you can have a peaceful society if you follow the laws of Islam.

Unfortunately for women with families, that family usually includes the husband and older sons. It sounds so cruel to tell them to leave their husbands behind. But if you look at the stats, there are towns in Somalia that are mostly women. If it's that dangerous, then why are the women left behind? (And often never collected by male relatives and husbands that make it to the West). Some of the gang rapists in Europe were married; even the murdering ones. So it's no guarantee of safety.

It could be, that with males, you just have to tell them to go back fight for their country. Or, let them know ahead of time that you don't trust them and have the data to back up why you don't. Forewarn them that they're on thin ice as it is, and if they want to stay here, they can't put one toe out of line.

Males are violent. :(