Brazilian Directors Duo give Jair Bolsonaro the Finger with their Queer Feature Film

Tinta Bruta (translated ‘Hard Paint’) opened this year’s International Queer & Migrant Film Festival in colour. Set in the Brazilian town of Porto Alegre, the feature film follows the introverted young Pedro (played by Shico Menegat) who earns his money online by smearing his body with neon paint and performing quasi-erotic dances in front of […]

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence That Concern All of Us

Last Sunday was the 19th International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the start of 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. Even today, many women suffer daily abuse in silence – especially in countries outside of Europe. According to UNWomen, more than a third of women worldwide have been victims of […]

One of the Most Important Films of the Year

Lukas Dhont’s debut feature Girl is not your typical coming-of-age story. In this film, Dhont captures adolescence in a mature and thought-provoking way. Girl‘s protagonist is the 16-year old ballet dancer Lara, who struggles with her transsexuality. Besides the daily pressure of perfecting her dancing technique, Lara is preparing for her full transition. She takes […]

Bringing Ethics into Porn will Help Demonstrate what Healthy Sex Looks like

Among the endless variety of erotic films available with only one mouse click, you may have glossed over the subgenre of ethical porn – and now is the time to make the switch. It is important to rethink one’s impact through seemingly benign actions like watching adult films. In our overly hedonistic times, ethics must […]

Is There a Future for Gender Binarism?

Men and women, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. Do these dualities really matter in today’s times? It’s all about performativity after all, as Judith Butler boldly declared back in the nineties. Does this mean that in our individualistic, neo-liberal world, we’re free to choose who we want to be and which gender to “perform”? […]

Travelling Across India Alone as a Woman

On a beautiful summer day, I was having lunch with Kuldeep, who was my couch-surfing host for a few days. He asked, “What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done in your life?” I paused and laughed while I had an epiphany. I replied, “according to the majority of Europeans, this is the craziest thing […]