The German government has launched a new websiteStick a fork in it.
offering "advice on sex and sexuality for migrants who have not
been living long in Germany.”
Called “ Zanzu: My body in words and images ," the site, which
went live earlier this year, has 12 language options, including
Arabic, Turkish, Albanian and English. It features sections on
sexual health, relationships and emotions, family planning and
legal issues – and a number of graphic diagrams, images and
descriptions depicting all manner of sexual acts.
Launched in the wake of the notorious New Year’s Eve sex attacks
, in which a large number of women trying to celebrate the New
Year were assaulted by groups of single men believed to be
migrants, the site has become a focal point for often angry
discourse around the immigration issue.
Some commentators have praised Zanzu for its frank approach to
sexuality, which they view as necessary to help refugees from
conservative religious cultures integrate into Germany’s far more
Others have criticised it as being patronising towards migrants.
Heinz-Jürgen Voss, a sex scientist at the University of
Merseburg, told the Washington Post it was “racist” to assume
that Syrians and Iraqis, for instance, were less schooled than
Germans when it came to sex.
“It’s important to promote this kind of open and free sexuality,
to fight for it,” he added. “It’s not something that the state
can force people to do, to live openly. But it needs to be
Europe burns this summer.