Geen kinderen. Gedeelde verantwoordelijkheid?


De seksuele revolutie van de Jaren 60 beloofde ons zorgeloze seks en, met de uitvinding van de pil, een sterkere positie voor vrouwen in de samenleving. Ze maakte die belofte niet helemaal waar; meer dan een halve eeuw later is zelfs beschermde seks zelden risico-vrij. Het zijn nog steeds de vrouwen die met de gevolgen moeten leven, van vervelende bijwerkingen van anticonceptie tot zwangerschap. We hebben anno nu wel zelfrijdende auto’s, maar nog steeds geen perfecte anticonceptie.

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No kids: a shared responsibility?

The 1960s sexual revolution promised carefree sex and a more empowered role for women with the invention of the birth control pill. It didn’t entirely live up to its promise. Over half a century later, even protected sex is rarely risk-free. When it comes to birth control, it’s women who still live with the unintended consequences, from birth control side-effects to pregnancy. In an age of self-driving cars, we haven’t perfected birth control yet.

We might be closing in on it though. Indian scientist Suja Guha invented non-hormonal birth control for men back in 1979—two decades after the invention of the pill. It works just like a vasectomy for up to ten years but can be reversed anytime, would have a near-perfect success rate, and has zero side-effects. Continue reading “No kids: a shared responsibility?”

Outlander Review: Sadism & Homosexuality

So I was watching Outlander’s first season finale last Sunday (don’t laugh, New Yorker’s TV critic Emily Nussbaum recommends it), enjoying its general gender bending approach to the fantasy genre, when I realized “Houston, we have a problem.”

The show’s supervillain? The one who gets off on torture and rape? He specifically gets off on men. Well, I thought that cliché was long since played out: the evil one is gay.

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Different Realities

In the Mexican city Tampico, it’s common to be “three hours late to work, because of a shooting between drug cartels and the police,” says Sofia Garcia*, 26, from Mexico. She came to the Netherlands to do a human rights master at the University of Groningen.

In contrast, life in the Netherlands seems “perfect: everyone goes on their bikes without worries and arrives on time everywhere,” says Sofia.

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A Chernobyl Holiday

A little yellow bear abandoned on the floor, an open notebook on top of a desk showing a child’s handwriting, overgrown grass blocking the light coming in the window. The viewer scrolling through pictures on the website Chernobyl Galleries is left with an impression of abandonment. The pictures on the website show the devastation that befell the area around Chernobyl and Pripyat, the once prosperous town home to workers and their families on nuclear power plant Chernobyl.

“I hope it will go some way to document the city before it crumbles away. I think it’s important for people to remember what took place there and learn from it,” said Paul Hill-Gibbins, the 39-year old UK government employee who created Chernobyl Galleries.

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Sister Spit: Queer Authors Coming Together

The glass door of the Berkeley-based bookstore is plastered with posters, but there is only one in color, drawing attention to its purple and yellow content: Sister Spit: The Next Generation! The fact that this poster is plastered here makes the act of stepping through the door an act, a choice, to go here and be queer, non-normative, unconventional, ever so slightly inappropriate, and proud of it.

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A Little Ladder in the Lab

Laboratories call to mind stuffy old men who spend their time making things explode and people in white lab coats measuring things and stuffing cats in boxes. This was a prejudice I was happy to let go after meeting Ismudiati Puri Handayani.

Puri lives in a suburb of Groningen. Rows of grey identical apartments loom on the horizon while walking towards her apartment. She opens the door with a welcoming smile on her face and she wears a cheery orange headscarf pinned securely with a plastic orange flower.

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One writer. One month. One novel.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is almost over.

NaNoWriMo is an Internet-based contest in which people commit to writing 50,000 words in the month of November, which means they have to write about 1667 words a day. After reaching 50,000 words, the participants win the contest and revel in the knowledge that they wrote a novel. The people who didn’t make it can just try again the next year. Participants in NaNoWriMo can write on any theme, in any genre, and in any language.

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A Symbolic Abolishment?

Ideological thinking seems to have been replaced by strategic thinking in the Dutch political system, which is something that is found in recently proposed policy measures especially. Jet Bussemaker of the left-wing Labour Party recently proposed a policy in which the monthly grant every student currently receives is abolished and students can make use of a social loan system instead.

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