— Marc Ganzeman (@zeeuwserat) February 15, 2017
When asked about a new law, suggested by Dutch MP Ahmed Marcouch (Labour), that would make ‘intimidating’ people on the streets punishable ― more specifically focussing on the aggressive ‘cat-calling’ of women ― the 18-year-old teaching assistant Yoessef Karmoehi expresses a curious double standard. Indeed, an attitude one could be considered to be the source of the need for such a law in the first place:
“I admit, I do it myself. I talk to women on the street that I don’t know, follow them around, hoping to get their attention. At least: if she scores above an eight out of ten. She has to be pretty and have good teeth.”
That in itself does not bode well for the kind of things this teaching assistant instils in his pupils. But the hypocrisy is yet to come:
“But let me be honest: I don’t want to notice men doing it to my sisters who are 20 and 23 years old. If I see it, I’ll go after them immediately. So, it’s alright with me should it be made punishable, because it’s not what I want to see happening to my sisters or cousins. And if a copper catches me doing it, I run away. I’m a fast runner.”
The moral lesson of today? Do unto others as you don’t want your sisters to be done by, it’s fine as long as you don’t get caught. And presumably, if you do get caught, it’s because police officers are ‘racist’. The Dutch youth is in good hands.