Oct 29, 2011


Still no Internet at the new place. Sorry for the inconvenience, I'll be back ASAP.

Oct 16, 2011

Same Here! Same Here!

Image: PostSecret
I always find it very comforting when people halfway around the globe think alike. Laugh lines are the greatest facial features ever! Four years ago, they even made it into one of my poems.

Oct 15, 2011

For German Readers: "Wie im Westen, so auf Erden."

Photo: Quelle
Vor ein paar Wochen habe ich auf 3sat eine Sendung zum Thema Überbevölkerung gesehen. Eine der geladenen Diskutanten war die Ethnologie-Professorin Shalini Randeria, die wirklich erhellende Dinge gesagt hat. Daher habe ich für Euch nach einem online verfügbaren Text gesucht, der die Essenz ihrer Thesen zum Nachlesen bereitstellt. Fündig geworden bin ich beim ORF, der im Juni 2011 ein Gespräch mit der Wissenschaftlerin über westliche Werte und die Gender-Thematik führen konnte: Wie im Westen, so auf Erden.

Oct 14, 2011

Make-Up Makes You Appear More Competent

Screenshot: New York Times.
According to this study that the New York Times presents, women who wear make-up are respected more and liked better by their co-workers. 
Passend zum Thema und auch interessant: Hülle und Container als medizinische Bilder des weiblichen Körpers im Internet.

Oct 9, 2011

"Hyphenate, bitch!"

Another book I took on holiday with me was blogger Jessica Valenti's 'young woman's guide to why feminism matters' Full Frontal Feminism. Reading it, it became quite clear that - thanks to the many supporters of conservative and religious movements in the country - sexism seems to be on a whole different level in the US from what it is here in Germany (and it's bad enough here, trust me). Especially when it comes to the craziness that surrounds the issue of marriage. Apparantely, a 2006 study showed that the average amount spent on U.S. weddings is almost $28,000!
One of the passages that stuck with me the most (besides the one where Jessica explains how the Bush administration ordered the spending of $100 million dollars per year on religious-based programs that tell women with lower incomes that getting married is the best way out of poverty - all this money could have gone into education, child care and job training!) was this one:
For the life of me, I will never understand why a woman today would change her last name. It makes no sense whatsoever. You want future kids to have the same last name as you and your hubby? Hyphenate, bitch! 

To Jessica, changing your surname represents an exchange of ownership, presumably from your dad's last name to your new husband's. I certainly wouldn't feel comfortable changing my name (and not just because of all the bureaucratic hassle it implies), and Jessica's take on things made me wonder what my educated married girlfriends were thinking giving away their identities; it could hardly have been that all of them had unpretty surnames before, and I doubt that the decision to alter your name should be vanity-driven. Romance... Hardly! Any better ideas?

Oct 5, 2011

The Racist Vagina

Unbelievable that even ad campaigns for genital shower gel - or whatever you might call that stuff in English - are racist!

Oct 2, 2011

"Becoming the new feminine ideal requires just the right combination of insecurity, exercise, bulimia and surgery." (Garry Trudeau)

It's never too late to seek help for eating disorders. Try NEDA (in the US), BFE (in Germany) or call your local crisis line. Conquer your demon!