( noun, female, singular about = consternation , dismay )
- In do-gooder society post war educated Germany you have to show Betroffenheit if you hear of terrible things - even if personally you do not care much one way or another ( because you are NOT gay, socialist, unionist, Jewish, or live in that far place  ) , note that Betroffenheit does not require action of any kind, one only must show that one is deeply hurt to hear such terrible things.
- Also there is the word "Betroffenheits-Kultur" a mocking reference to the kind of ( tree-hugging ) good-people who are Betroffen at every ill in the world ( local stuff excepted as per Matthew 7.3  ).
- the verb can be used ironically in colloquial German in "das macht mich jetzt echt Betroffen" ( "that really makes me dismayed") if one does not give a damn.
Tomorrow the local Radio (WDR5) , basically a minority channel for treehuggers, bookheads, intellectuals, amateur Philosophers and other non productive members of society, will air a "Radio feature" ( and repeat it at all odd times of day and night during the next 3 weeks.)
The jingle announcing that Radio-Documentary said, that India not only has a caste system, but also a class system( Duh!) - with women being the second class. And then alluding to recent news in that vein [e.g. rape on public bus ]
All under the snazzy title "Dead girls need no dowry"
This IS terrible ( and occasion to show "Betroffenheit" s.a. ) and certainly Indian women are worse off then women in civilized countries ( yeah that includes, provisionally , the US ) but it completely ignores the existing inequality in our own society.
Women as second class is not some strange barbaric phenomenon in a Galaxy society far far away - it is real and here.
Besides if we really cared about Indian women then the rules for granting political asylum in Germany should be changed to include oppression because of having been born female. ( Which would mean we would get a lot of new citizens ) and we ARE careful not to do that. ( and the 'feature' tomorrow will be too).
I suspect this is a first world thing. ( and just this once I will include the US in "1st World" though it REALLY is second world )
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