Henning Bech is a Great Shining Light of Hope
As I see it there are at present four major negative social phenomena that
represent the present situation in Denmark:
1.) A family man rented out his 12-year-old daughter to some twelve men for sex.
The media have continued to whip up hysteria over this for this entire year,
ever intensifying anti-pedophile sentiments. Fortunately, Professor Henning Bech
is a strong counterweight in this cultural struggle.
2.) A man committed suicide after the media falsely stigmatized him for
supposedly having had sex with two minor boys. After the poor man's death, the
boys came out saying that it was not true, they had never had sex with
him at all. Nevertheless, the Danish Court of Repeal refused to begin a retrial
to clear the man posthumously - in my opinion a demonstration of completely
unacceptable injustice in Denmark.
3.) Feminists are wining more support to criminalize the customer side of
prostitution as has been the case in Sweden for some years now.
4.) Some 30 children in Greenland, in a country that is still part of the
Danish Kingdom despite extended self rule, are said by the media to have been
sexually abused. Two men, one of whom has committed suicide, are allegedly the
A national newspaper Politiken has just started (Sunday, June 18) running
a series on these Greenland children and two men. Yesterday morning (Monday,
June 19) I sent them my commentary on this issue along with an anthropological
illustration of a Greenland mother and child, and a caressing nursery song. Here
is what I sent the newspaper:
Pedophilia and Cultural Clash
by Peter Schmidt, cultural activist
[The national newspaper] Politiken wrote the 18th of June:
In Greenland one person out of every 629 inhabitants is charged with sexual
abuse. In Denmark the equivalent figure is one out of every 23.348 Danes. The
article does not unequivocally point to any single cause and there probably
isn't any such singular explanation. Maybe the cause is not exclusively to be
explained as stemming from poverty and abuse in general, but has deeper roots
and probably can also be seen as a clash of cultures.
[To see the anthropological sketch I┤ve sent the newspaper click on the
following link: < http://www.just-well.dk/groenlan.htm
The sketch depicts a mother and a child expressing love in play illustrated by
the Greenlander Paul-Emile Victor and below in the nursery song with a child
being orally caressed by an adult mother could easily be seen by many Danes as
an illegal act of incest.
Both the sketch and the song are published in the anthropological work on
Greenland culture: La Civilisation du Phoque. Legendes, rites et croyances
des Eskimo d┤Ammasalik. Editions Raymond Chabaud, Bayonne, by Paul-Emile
Victor and Jo÷lle Robert-Lamblin. The work was reviewed in the magazine Research
in Greenland / tusaat 4 / 94 by the Danish scientific book reviewer, Hans Chr.
Gulloev, Dr. of ethnographic science, senior researcher at the Danish Polar
Center and employed by the Danish National Museums Ethnographic Collection.
Dr. Gulloev describes the daily life of the Greenlanders, as among other
things, represented by the sketch above:
"I read the book as a report by Paul-Emile Victors Ammassalik and
found that belief in the here and now is very strong and an important
element in the struggle for survival. Belief in the here and now embraces
the joy of life, love and caring for the next generation as illustrated in
one of the children's nursery songs by Victor (p. 194 og p. 199):
[The nursery song:]
You are like an old wooden bowl,
Like a simple wooden bowl,
A wooden bowl one licks,
A wooden bowl one eats from.
The nursery song says in words what we see in the sketch: The illustration
and the song shows how different Greenland culture was and to some extent
still may be, from the Danish, in that an old traditional act as seen in the
drawing and described in the poem is most certainly quite unacceptable to any
sex abuse professional.
Irrespective of whether this culture is still widespread in Greenland or
not, it is my opinion that one can, with some certainty, conclude that this
sketch and poem represents a more relaxed attitude towards sex in Greenland
than in Denmark. Therefore, one may with good reason ask whether the Danish
authorities maybe see more sex abuse than actually exists.
Does the inherited Danish authoritarian system itself in Greenland
contribute more to the dissemination of the problem than to solving it? Is it
possible that this is more a question of difference in cultures than a
question of sex abuse with respect to the many alleged cases of pedophilia in
Greenland? With so many more charges for sex abuse than in Denmark? This
aspect of the "problem" is worth considering.
One very positive and massively represented current phenomenon is the
Danish sociology professor Henning Bech's critical attack on the classical
feminists who are out to criminalize almost anything and everything.
Politically, they seek support from the center to the political left. Henning
Bech is presently the shining hope for Denmark to get out of the current
"Gloomy Age of Ignorance"!
Please read my translation of a book review of Bech┤s book, "Women and
Men." Moreover, I have translated some quotes from his section of the book
on Pedophile Panics.
A local witch hunt against me that failed
Personally I'm occupied with winning a little local witch hunt that landed on
me personally. It hit me because I defended Muslims being attacked for their
religion which was said to be suppressing all Muslim women without exception.
Right now it looks like I've completely won for two reasons:
|Being local and because many people personally know me they refused to
sign a statement saying to the effect that I'm a pedo who should be thrown
out of the Cultural Center where I've been a voluntary activist for some 6
|The other reason is that their only source of "incriminating"
evidence against me is my own website, just-well.dk. On this site there are
also well known cultural personalities who defend me saying that I'm not
even a pedo, but just a person who defends the rights of numerous persons of
so called "ill" repute. |
This to me is also a little
success story. I feel very good about this and I now also have a little pamphlet
describing the mechanisms of a witch hunt that ended well. Not bad, and I'll do
my best to get that pamphlet circulated everywhere and anywhere.
May you all have a
wonderful meeting. I've just been released from the hospital a few hours ago
(Thursday 3 PM) and have been most strongly discouraged from going to see the
lot of you at the meeting tomorrow - really bad luck indeed! But I'll be
thinking of you splendid folks every minute and wish the best to you and like