Nullifying the Native

Nullifying the Native

Nullifying the Native

“I heard of the discovery of America, and wept with Safie over the hapless fate of its original inhabitants,” so says the Frankensteinian creature in Mary Shelley’s 1818 masterpiece. As noticed by many scholars before me (eg Burkhart 2020), some of these “red flags” in  • Verder
Martine Mussies  •   7 feb 2021
What a Genderful World!

What a Genderful World!

What a Genderful World!

On a sunny Friday afternoon, my friend Linsey and I walked along the Linnaeusstraat in the east of Amsterdam. We enjoyed the rustling green of the Oosterpark and recognized the Burgerziekenhuis - this is the route the horse tram once rode, towards the depot, in which after the Wibra now a high class  • Verder
Martine Mussies  •  24 nov 2020
'You are so inspiring, I mean, for an autist!'

'You are so inspiring, I mean, for an autist!'

'You are so inspiring, I mean, for an...

When I published my autiethnography “The Do less travelled by'' (about the benefits and challenges of budo for people on the autism spectrum), I was overwhelmed by the reactions. Hundreds of people reached out to me. Most of the feedback I received made me very happy, as it was about my hard work  • Verder
Martine Mussies  •   9 okt 2020
Still 'Diving Into The Wreck'

Still 'Diving Into The Wreck'

Still 'Diving Into The Wreck'

Once in a while, you come across a piece of writing that deeply resonates with what lives inside you, in words you do not have yet. That happened to me. On a sleepless night I fell in a YouTube rabbit hole and ended up at a recording of Adrienne Rich’ ‘Diving Into the Wreck’, a feminist poem from 1973. It struck me that, forty-seven years later, Rich’ comparisons and images have lost nothing of their eloquence or relevance. This rich poem offers a variety of interpretations. I have found  • Verder
Martine Mussies  •   2 jun 2020
The black mermaid

The black mermaid

The black mermaid

When the Disney studios announced that they had cast Halle Bailey in the role of Ariel, aka The Little Mermaid, for their latest live-action remake, there was a wave of reactions and most of all: criticism. Twitter hashtags #NotMyMermaid and #NotMyAriel became trending topics and Halle was ridiculed  • Verder
Martine Mussies  •   8 apr 2020