Auti-influencers

Auti-influencers

Various autistic people have found ways around singling out as a minority to actively engage in global politics. In this blog post, I will discuss three autistic influencers: Greta Thunberg, Daryl Hannah and Temple Grandin. The term 'auti-influencers' will be used to refer to a global movement of people
Martine Mussies  •  12 mei 2022
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Martine Mussies  •  12 mei 2022
Vagina Crystals: Are They The New Blood Diamonds?

Vagina Crystals: Are They The New Blood Diamonds?

Vagina crystals, yoni pearls, love eggs… it’s a thing. Sometimes they’re used to increase libido or to strengthen orgasms. Others use vagina crystals to strengthen their pelvic floor, balance their menstrual cycles or to alleviate PCOS symptoms. Sounds like there could be no harm
Pia Sophia (redacteur)  •  20 apr 2022
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Pia Sophia (redacteur)  •  20 apr 2022
Pride, Prejudice and Unemployment: lesbian women and gay men in the labour market

Pride, Prejudice and Unemployment: lesbian women and gay men in the labour market

Lesbian women and gay men face negative bias when accessing the labour market. These biases negatively affect their employment probability and employer tenures. Social scientist Karel Fric researched the labour market experiences and outcomes of lesbian women and gay men in EU member states. With his
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The reclamation of slurs, part 1: ‘bitch’

The reclamation of slurs, part 1: ‘bitch’

It may sound a bit strange, using an insult as a badge of pride. Today it is known, however, as a process called ‘reclamation’. A means by which marginalised group members consciously label themselves with words once used to hold them down. Doing this allows a sense of ownership of the self, something that's lost after facing years of oppression and prejudice. As a result, some slurs (partly) lose their negative meanings. In this three-part series I will explore how discriminating language evolves through time. To show you that language in general is not rigid, but continuously adapts to our changing views of others. This first article covers sexist language, in particular the term bitch.
Eva Geerdink (redacteur)  •  23 mrt 2022
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Eva Geerdink (redacteur)  •  23 mrt 2022
Inequity in maternity care

Inequity in maternity care

The Netherlands is known for the way in which the maternity care system is organized. Unlike other western countries, the Netherlands has a culture in which pregnant people can choose where they want to give birth. Home birth is more common in the Netherlands than in any other western country. The ‘culture
Pia Sophia (redacteur)  •  19 mrt 2022
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Pia Sophia (redacteur)  •  19 mrt 2022
How To Linguistically Never Exclude Someone Again

How To Linguistically Never Exclude Someone Again

When encountering someone, you automatically get an idea of how you will address them. Try to imagine it. By seeing certain facial or behavioral traits, your brain puts the one standing in front of you in a certain box. A box that is heavily colored by your frame of reference. That is how you know,
Pia Sophia (redacteur)  •  19 feb 2022
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Pia Sophia (redacteur)  •  19 feb 2022
Inequity In Dutch Healthcare: A Series

Inequity In Dutch Healthcare: A Series

There is no place that is as safe as under the care of a doctor. Well, at least that's what we expect. It's also what we are promised: newly graduated doctors swear that they want the best for their patients and that they do everything they can to give them the care they deserve. To them, it doesn't
Pia Sophia (redacteur)  •  19 jan 2022
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Pia Sophia (redacteur)  •  19 jan 2022
Mandatory Contraception: A Dystopian Dilemma

Mandatory Contraception: A Dystopian Dilemma

Imagine that you, as a mother, are struggling with a serious psychiatric disorder. Your children are no longer allowed to live at home with you. You would like to have another child and you even have wedding plans with your partner. Nevertheless, the judge decides that you are no longer allowed to have
Pia Sophia (redacteur)  •  23 nov 2021
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Pia Sophia (redacteur)  •  23 nov 2021
Women in Policy Making: Chief Theresa Kachindamoto

Women in Policy Making: Chief Theresa Kachindamoto

Malawi has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world. Fifty percent of the girls get married before turning 18. Theresa Kachindamoto is a senior tribal chief who is fighting to annull, and prevent, early child marriages in order to take girls back to school. Tribal leaders in
Lisa-Anne Julien  •   4 nov 2021
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Lisa-Anne Julien  •   4 nov 2021
(Mis)representations: female autism portrayed

(Mis)representations: female autism portrayed

At a nightclub, a man offers a pretty blond woman a drink. She has obviously shown interest in him, but turns the drink down. He is confused - was she not interested? She then approaches him, frankly tells him that she's not thirsty…
Martine Mussies  •  21 okt 2021
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Martine Mussies  •  21 okt 2021
When queer histories are mainstreamed

When queer histories are mainstreamed

This photo of Edward Carpenter is often used to champion gay rights:   Carpenter and Merrill by Alfred Mattison (c. 1900). Available on Wikimedia Commons. Print kept in Sheffield City Council archives, s09113. Yet it is a mysterious photo.At first sight, it simply depicts the intimacy between a
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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
Martine Mussies  •   7 feb 2021
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Martine Mussies  •   7 feb 2021