What on earth could be the connection between neo-Nazis and fertility apps, you ask?
Well, there isn't really one. Sorry for the clickbait-y email subject. But they were both on the news this week, and in our opinion, too few mainstream media paid attention.
The thing about neo-Nazis is that no journalist wants to be overly dramatic and write an all caps headline stating NAZISM IS BACK after a single incident. But, one incident at a time, we're kind of there already. They're in the Austrian Parliament. Austrian writer Michael Koehlmeier said it best in his controversial speech: deep down, we know what they mean when they accuse Soros of international conspiracies. Also, it was revealed this week that a German extreme-right circle was engaging in human trafficking. Neo-Nazi logic: migrants out at all cost, but smuggling in Moldovan sex slaves is ok.
On a lighter note, it's quite likely that ice cream companies will soon be able to show targeted ads to women right before their period. The data contained in fertility apps -- cycle phases, sexual activity -- could be sold to third companies, especially with apps based beyond the EU.
Thrilling time to be a woman.
Estonian women weren't too thrilled this week, though. Their new health minister has a fairly misogynistic track record. He criticized the country's (female) president for mentioning domestic violence in an official speech, to mention only one of his tasteless remarks.
But all is not rotten in Europe. A young woman of Polish-African origin still got to play Joan of Arc in a historical re-enactment, despite racist attacks online. But, as she said with a shoulder shrug, she's not on social media, so...
Humanity 1, neo-Nazis 0.
---- NewsMavens Team
At an event commemorating victims of the Holocaust, writer Michael Köhlmeier's harsh condemnation of the Freedom Party's tolerance for antisemitism was met with thunderous applause and a standing ovation.
Central & Eastern Europe
Concerns are growing about the privacy and security of fertility apps, popular among women trying to conceive or avoid pregnancy. The apps, which advise women on fertility by tracking intimate data like sexual activity, aren't necessarily safe.
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