Behind Charlottesville: Identity and Material Politics

Much has been said and written about the events in Charlottesville. The documentary “Charlottesville: Race and Terror” (Vice) has left the biggest impression on me. The journalist Elle Reeve was able to interview some neo-Nazis and demonstrate their ridiculous way of thinking. It was shocking to see so many neo-Nazi symbols, and people marching with torches and screaming: “Jews will not replace us.” I really thought that this is something that belongs to the past.  Moreover, the demonstrators were allowed to carry heavy weapons. In the end of the video, one neo-Nazi even said that the demonstration was a big success, even though one woman was killed. Continue reading “Behind Charlottesville: Identity and Material Politics”

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Borders, Refugees, and Africa

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Some days ago I attended a summer school in peace & conflict studies in the North of Italy. On my way back home, I had to cross the border between Italy and Austria. While I was waiting for my train in Verona’s main station, I noticed two Italian police men. They stood on my track and observed everyone around them. Continue reading “Borders, Refugees, and Africa”

Ivanka Trump’s new book “Women Who Work”: a feminist critique

The title of Ivanka Trump’s new book “Women Who Work” demonstrates that she is not aware what the feminist movement is all about. And I would love to ask her, who are the women who do not work? Continue reading “Ivanka Trump’s new book “Women Who Work”: a feminist critique”

Irrationality: the USA and North Korea

In an interview with Reuters, Trump said about Kim: “I hope he’s rational.”
Seriously? How rational is it to order a navy strike group to move towards the Korean peninsula? Was Trump’s preemptive strike in Syria rational?

I don’t think that Kim’s behavior is better than Trump’s, but news outlets do not report about the history of the Korean conflict. It is very complicated, and both Korean states made mistakes. Millions of people have lost their lives for no reason. It is important to stay calm and bring Korean people closer together. Continue reading “Irrationality: the USA and North Korea”

Post-Feminism

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Yesterday, we had a discussion about post-feminism in one of my university seminars. First of all, there is no general definition of the term post-feminism. Nevertheless, most researchers would agree that post-feminism is characterized by a declining interest in feminism. Especially young women do not call themselves feminists because they think they are equal. They think that they have the same rights and can make the same choices as men. For them, feminists are radical women who only complain and want to have a better life than men.

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Why we need Feminism today

Some days ago, the police in Innsbruck, Austria, started to give away free pocket alarms to women and girls. The media reported about the campaign and focused on the safety of women and girls in public places.
The campaign is not bad, but the way it is advertised gives the impression that women are more vulnerable than men and need more protection. Although the news about crime in Innsbruck show that men are victims of robberies and violent crimes, too.
This example demonstrates how stereotypes about men and women influence our daily lives. And that’s exactly why we still need Feminism.

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Post-Truth Politics and Post-Factual News

These days, it is nearly impossible to not stumble upon the buzz words “post-factual news” and “post-truth politics.”

Many journalists, scientists and politicians claim that we live in a time where emotions are more important than facts and reasonable arguments. For me, this view is very dangerous. It gives people the permission to end any kind of discussion. It keeps progressive programs and policies on hold. For instance, there are many people who still think that women should not be emancipated because they have the feeling that women are too weak for powerful positions. And some people feel afraid of foreigners because they have heard some worrying stories about them. So, they think that it is better if all foreigners stay far away. Interestingly, these people can only find positive “natural-given” attributes for their own groups because their own groups are the best ones.

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