Archive for Feminism

Gender issues in Czecho/Slovakia

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 7 June 2017 by delclem


This is a beer ad on a bill board near Bratislava airport; the slogan says it all…
and the head belongs to the owner of the (Czech) brewery.

Cherchez la femme” à la slovaque: a travesty of sorts.

Photo (c) by the author.


Reconsidering prostitution in Germany

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 10 December 2013 by delclem

German sex workers
“Germany rethinks its liberal ways on sex workers. Prostitution was decriminalised in ‘the bordello of Europe’ in 2002. Now feminists want to overturn that law.” The sex workers resist. >text & photo (c) THE GUARDIAN, 2013

Pimping FEMEN: breast-fed by a man?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on 7 September 2013 by delclem


“Tt’s the Ukranian feminist group that embarrassed President Putin. Its activists have staged many protests against sexual and political repression by stripping to their waists in carefully choreographed media stunts. (…) Now, a new documentary screening at the Venice Film Festival has revealed that Femen was founded and is controlled by a man.”

Is this a Putinesque publicity stunt to discredit feminist activism or just the truth – or another sly twist of the gender game by the group itself?
>full text & photo (c) INDEPENDENT, 2013
Cf. another article (c) THE GUARDIAN, 2013
And another one (c) DER SPIEGEL, 2013

‘The Bell Jar’ echoes 50 years on

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 29 March 2013 by delclem

Sylvia Plath (1932-63) seems to be the Ingeborg Bachmann of North America. Her “relationship with her most famous work was not easy, but it retains its power after five decades.” In terms of today, she would be a writer with an Austrian/German “migration background.” >full article (c) THE IRISH TIMES, 2013

Another article: Who is Sylvia Plath? “Her role as a ‘casus belli’ in the battle of the sexes has also obscured the genius of this much-mythologised poet.” (c) FT 2013

Tea-drinking as dangerous female practice

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 11 December 2012 by delclem

“Given tea’s rap today as both a popular pick-me-up and a health elixir, it’s hard to imagine that sipping tea was once thought of as a reckless, suspicious act, linked to revolutionary feminism. Huh? Well, the feminist complaints came from 19th century, upper class Irish critics who argued that peasant women shouldn’t be wasting their time — and limited resources — on tea. If women had time to sit down and enjoy a tea break, this must mean they were ignoring their domestic duties and instead, perhaps, opening the door to political engagement or even rebellion.”
>full text (c) npr, 2012 >press release by EurekAlert, 2012

This is historical research about the most CEE country of the west, Ireland. How was it in our region where there is the division line between tea and coffee drinkers?