(part II) – BARGAINING WITH THE PATRIARCH

KAMPALA – I once heard this story about Ugandan relationships. It is the task of the woman to walk the thin line between submitting her sexuality to her man and employing it herself. A Ugandan woman, was said, does not say “yes” to sex, but cannot say “no” either. Saying “yes” would take away the […]

(part I) THE MALE MASS-MURDERER AND HIS COUNTERPART

KAMPALA – It would not be fair to discuss masculinity, its stereotypes and gender definitions without considering to what it is contrasted. Traditionally, masculinity and femininity were opposing identities, polarized in almost every dimension: sexuality, social roles, physiology, stereotypes. In the last century or so, with the rise of feminism (first, second, and third wave), […]

(part V) – (RE)SOLUTION

KAMPALA – If the responsibilities for the radical change that is necessary for us to survive and prosper as a species cannot be left to those in their cradle of power because their first priority is to preserve this power while change might upset “national interests”, hegemonic power structures and power relations, or the grip on power […]

(part III) – THE CONSUMPTION OF “CHANGE”

ISTANBUL – It is easy being a cynic. I learnt that quickly during my undergraduate, after all, my entire field consists of critics. As a sociologist, one writes about societies (mostly Western societies; there is a substantial eurocentric bias to be found in academia), and ours is easy to criticize. Dysfunctional financial systems, exploitative capitalism, […]