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The depiction of sex in Egyptian cinema since the ’70s

Written by Hana Elramly  “Everything in life is about sex, except sex. Sex is about power” – Oscar Wilde. Sex drives a major part of our actions and is present in several aspects of our lives, though for long it is meant to be limited to a married couple’s bedroom. Because sex is the essence […]

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#MeToo and the ‘continuum of male sexual violence’: A Review of Liz Kelly’s Concept

Written by Matisse Lefebvre In her influential 1988 work Surviving Sexual Violence, Liz Kelly introduced the concept of a ‘continuum’ to describe male sexual violence against women. This concept was originally based on two dictionary definitions. The first one denotes ‘a basic common character that underlies many different events’ and the second a ‘continuous series […]

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Legal contraceptive sterilization in France, or yet another trap of the French bureaucracy

The exceptional legislative measures taken by the French government since the COVID-19 pandemic illustrate the country’s procreative social norms: parents have been intensely supported, guided and assisted during the crisis. Not surprisingly, although procreation is addressed as a public issue, the right not to procreate has mostly been repressed. Sterilization as a definitive contraceptive method was legalized in 2001 in France, following intense debates on sexual and reproductive rights. However, does the reality of the sterilization process illustrate the straight-forwardness and accessibility of legal texts? Through a focus group I organized, participants showed otherwise: gynecologists are complicit to the pronatalist French government, which manipulates its population into procreating to activate generational renewal. This illustrates a highly complex and layered system in which culture, health and education, amongst others, intertwine with each other, striving for the accomplishment of political goals.

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Rape Culture: Victim Blaming

Written by Melike Have you heard of the #MeToo Movement? Convictions of famous and powerful assaulters such as Jeffrey Epstein? The answer is most probably yes if you have access to social media and are able to read this article. The increasing mention of this movement makes it appear that it had become easy and […]

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What happened in June 2021?

June is pride month: check the article on pride to learn more about it. USA: Biden will increase the number of Afro-American women judges in the federal courts of appeal. Currently, only four of these judges are Afro-American women which is 2 % of the judges whereas Afro-American women represent 7% of the US citizens. […]

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Trans Identities knowledge digest

Every month we – the FCA team together with you, our beloved guest writers – discuss, share personal stories, or explain theories around the monthly topic. Besides our own content, there is so much knowledge out there worth diving into. Every month we take the challenge to further educate ourselves, by writing but also by […]