#FeministCorner – The ABC of the female body criticism

There is something misty about it. No one can really tell what it is. How is it so powerful? The ones who wear it and dare to show its best curves under tiny shorts, are called slut. The ones who wear it covered under warm turtleneck jerseys, are called prude. The ones who wear it … Continue reading #FeministCorner – The ABC of the female body criticism

In memory of Quino (1932-2020) – a letter to Mafalda

My dear Mafalda, I was so sorry to hear about your father’s passing. I want you to know that I’m thinking of you during this awful time. Although you have always carried the world over your shoulders, I believe this is the toughest probation you have been put through in your entire endless-childhood. I recall … Continue reading In memory of Quino (1932-2020) – a letter to Mafalda

Enough is enough, but portuguese ENOUGH (“CHEGA”) is too much!

My ovaries shook in place. My eyes had troubles focusing the words of that piece of sh...text. My brain refused to process the information. My heart kept beating in naive disbelief. Of course there weren’t people like that in 2020. Coronavirus was bad enough already. Guess what, 2020 is exactly the year when everything is … Continue reading Enough is enough, but portuguese ENOUGH (“CHEGA”) is too much!

“Disclosure” – Netflix breaking privilege bubbles and glueing the pieces of a shattered mirror

Imitation as an important learning process Learning is one of the most fascinating abilities of the human brain. Psychology brought to light some of the processes by which humans, as they grow up, acquire new knowledge, behaviours and values. Some learning is immediate, some takes time, some is forgotten fast, some is reinforced by some … Continue reading “Disclosure” – Netflix breaking privilege bubbles and glueing the pieces of a shattered mirror

Blackout Tuesday

Historically, the colonisation and enslavement carried out by European countries propagated the wrong belief that people with dark skin were uncivilized, inferior, and should be subordinated to lighter-skinned invaders. Unfortunately, racial stereotypes about worth, intelligence and beauty are still around in the present days. It is crucial to update mentalities and change behaviours. Skin colour … Continue reading Blackout Tuesday

Sometimes the answer is not straightforward – International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

Can we all hold hands with our lover in public? Think it straight. Can we all be considered a “valid” family? Think it straight. Can we all show freely our mannerisms without being labelled? Think it straight. Can we all wear any colour of the rainbow? Think it straight. Do we all feel safe in … Continue reading Sometimes the answer is not straightforward – International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

Think twice (International Women’s Day)

Do you believe that cat calls and body compliments make my day? Think twice. You figure roses are what I like as a gift? Think twice. You reckon I feel great if you say I am better than your “crazy” ex girlfriends? Think twice. Do you expect me to want you to buy me dinner? … Continue reading Think twice (International Women’s Day)

#FeministCorner – Fashion is beauty(fool)

With Laura Figueiredo Marques Fashion and Feminism are two words that don’t usually go well together. Why? Because, traditionally, and even though both these realities are inherently associated with the feminine world, their core ideologies are like water and oil. While feminism strongly encourages self-love and acceptance, fashion seems to exist with the sole purpose … Continue reading #FeministCorner – Fashion is beauty(fool)

#FeministCorner – Avoiding sexist language

The first time someone pointed out to me how sexist portuguese language was I didn’t really pay attention. My Philosophy high school teacher was that kind of teacher that, whether we realised it or not, would leave a profound mark in all her students. The student opinion about her was an extreme binomial - some … Continue reading #FeministCorner – Avoiding sexist language

#FeministCorner – Surfing the 4th wave

“Fourth-wave feminism - Intersectionality-centred phase of feminism characterised by a focus on the empowerment of women, on abolishing the privilege of traditionally dominant social groups, on achieving bodily autonomy and on deconstructing gender stereotypes, mainly by means of internet tools.” You could see that coming, right? A solo female traveler, complaining about gender segregation in … Continue reading #FeministCorner – Surfing the 4th wave