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.
pamela varelapavamere.la Our body, our first territory, is unknown to us. We are not encouraged to get to know it. We are not taught about its parts, especially girls, especially genitals. And because everything is so internal, it is hard to see, to understand its cycles. When adulthood starts and processes like menstruation arrive, confusion […]
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 […]
Hortensia Mi Kafchin’s art is a universe filled with the magic of fantasies. She dreams. She often says that she “is her art,” understanding that her creative endeavors keep her alive. She adapts to the hostile gender norms environment by dreaming and taking long journeys into the imagination, which she records in thousands of drawings. […]
Written by Arthur Guillaume-Gentil The worldwide #Metoo movement certainly represents “one of the most profound ‘moments’ in anti-sexual violence activism in recent histories” as it enabled survivors of sexual violence to speak about it as well as challenge patriarchal structures in place. Despite LGBTQI+ individuals facing comparable, if not higher, levels of sexual violence as […]
Article by Zoé Drawing by Dionne On legal prohibitions and the so-called “Reverse racism” Sometimes, your thoughts appear to meet at a cosmic intersection, everything coinciding and suddenly unlocking another level of understanding about your reality. In this three-part story, I share my perception of denied racism in France, the country I grew up in. […]