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  Mermaid mythology reaches far and wide, informing the ways in which cultures view young women: they are fertile, tempting, majestic, and powerful. Able to empathize with human beings, they inhabit worlds of fantasy and terror, luring fisherman away from their daily catch with sweet music and sweeping gestures of the tail.   Portugal    In her series Milk & Sea, the photographer Hana Vojáčková imagines the mermaids ... Read More
You may have heard of Charm School, Secretarial School, but have you heard of Nazi Bride School?  According to recently discovered documents unearthed from Germany’s Federal Archive, in 1937 the Nazis created the Reichsbräuteschule, or Reich Bride School, “to mould housewives out of office girls”. In order for women to “do their part”, the highest-ranking female in the Third Reich, Gertrud Scholtz-Klink, recommended ... Read More
Starting in November, Germany will become the first country in Europe to provide an “indeterminate” gender selection on birth certificates. This law gives parents a somewhat “laissez-faire” approach to their child’s gender identity. Most importantly, children born with both male and female characteristics will be able to choose their own gender later in life. By marking “blank” on the birth certificate, parents can give ... Read More
  This is gross on way too many levels. The German supermarket chain Esko is selling gendered sausages. WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN. Apparently the men’s sausages are made to be "hearty” and “strongly-spiced," while the lady meat is "lean," with “high-quality vegetables” and a “delicate sheep casing.” They’re versions of the same company’s product, yet they have different ingredients, different prices, and ... Read More
The Global Post reported recently that Germany may pass legislation to pay families who don’t opt to put their children in government-funded daycare. My knee-jerk reaction was, “That’s so great! Not only does the government provide free childcare, they actually reimburse families who can spend time with their kids at home! The Germans get everything good-- fancy chocolate, fantastic TV programming, twee little snow-covered houses!” However, ... Read More
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