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Burning the witch

By the time his father died in his childhood home in Papua New Guinea, Father Benedict (not his real name) had been a Jesuit priest for decades. News of the death travelled from the Carterets – a chain of beautiful coral atolls – to…

Hard labour

The creation stories that have informed Western culture are full of miraculous births, with gods and mortals emerging from heads, shells and spare ribs. Looking to the future, medical advancements in the realm of artificial wombs have…

Losing ground and doubling down

Thousands of women and LGBTQ+ people showed up in the heart of Istanbul during the restrictions imposed under the pretext of pandemic and broke through the police barricades on 26 June 2021. Rainbow flags were banned, journalists strangled,…

To be a revolutionary

On the night of 9 August 2020, the Belarusian authorities announced Alyaksandr Lukashenka had won the presidential elections, paving the way for the autocrat’s sixth term in office. Popular demonstrations against the regime had already…

Sisterhood behind bars

Human rights organizations estimate that there are 605 political prisoners in Belarus. At least 71 of them are women, although unofficial sources suggest that the actual number of female political prisoners are over 100. Since 9 August…

Caretaking over breadwinning

In Krytyka, Svitlana Odynets reads Cinzia Solari’s On the Shoulders of Grandmothers: Gender, Migration, and Post-Soviet Nation-State Building. The book’s main contribution, writes Odynets, is its analysis of the subject from a women’s…

A personal reflection

Irena Vrkljan was born in 1930 in Belgrade into a mixed family of Austrian, Bosnian, Croatian, Slovene and Italian origin. The writer would have perhaps been remembered as a great poet were it not for her slim volume The Silk, the Shears.…

Bottom drawer

Traditionally, before a young woman left her family home, mothers and female relatives would accumulated a body of goods to later send her off with: linen, embroidery, clothes and household items. These used to be expensive or…

Women’s history

I first encountered Carroll Smith-Rosenberg’s ‘The female world of love and ritual’ in 1978. I was twenty and a junior at Yale. A teaching assistant passed it on to me when I met with her after class: a paper was due and my mind was empty.…