Explore Topic Gender

Our Correspondents write about Gender because it is a global phenomenon that everybody navigates. It is also a global challenge. Gender is the assumption of what is "supposed to be" and its correlating performances. It is the creation of identities and unmet expectations of what is "normal" that causes violence world-wide in the micro- and macro-perspective. And just as knowledge is never static and ever-growing, it is the perspectives of our Correspondents that help us understand the link between the individual experience and global developments, as well as to disentangle the concepts that have been created and reinforced for centuries.

The Gender section will give insight into the interrelations between culture, identity, violence, and other structural factors in the labor market (read Hal Fulcher’s story), in art (read Milton Camilo’s story) and elsewhere. We hope the personal stories of our Correspondents will help You better understand the complexities of gender.

Gender Stories Worldwide

Move your mouse across the map to explore some of our correspondent's most recent stories.

> United States
Gender-based Hiring in Engineering: Insulting Today, Inspiring Tomorrow

A story by Izzy Bauman

I have been fortunate to be shaped by incredible women in my field, and it is my conviction that with time, my experience will be less of an anomaly.

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> Netherlands
Period Problems (or Lack Thereof)

A story by Tara Rane Mandemaker

By the time I turned 16 and still hadn’t gotten my first period, I had a suspicion that my body wasn’t like that of other girls.

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> India
Daughter of a Sex Worker

A story by Taniya Yadav
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In the society where I grew up, I was told that if somebody touched me or tried to misbehave with me, it was my fault, that I allowed them to do it.

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> South Korea
How Drag Helped Me Find Identity and Community in Seoul

A story by Megan Rothnie

I already had a few Queer friends in Korea, but now I had a community, a way into Queer spaces and a place where I could exist as a Queer woman without worrying if I was being too flamboyant.

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> Denmark
Applying the Lessons I Learnt in Anthropology to my Art

A story by Julie Celina Linnebjerg

I want to apply the lessons I learned in anthropology to my art, and give more attention to the underrepresented and marginalised.

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Maria Sotiropoulou
> Greece
The moment a girl becomes a woman: a story of psychological abuse - Part 2

A story by Maria Sotiropoulou

I want to advise people to start speaking up. The day I realized I was ready to talk was the day in which this little girl finally felt like a woman.

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Maria Sotiropoulou
> Greece
The moment a girl becomes a woman: a story of psychological abuse - Part 1

A story by Maria Sotiropoulou

I observed women around me falling over and over again. I did not think that at some point in my life I might fall too.

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> Netherlands
When your Body and Beliefs are at Odds: the Religious Taboo of Menstruation

A story by Shakila Dhauntal

I know that talking about these traditions is hard. Yet, discriminatory practices will continue unless they are addressed.

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> Nepal
Gender-Based Untouchability and Disaster Help in Nepal

A story by Chandra Bhadra

Article 1 of our constitution says everyone is eligible for a dignified life. If women are considered untouchables every month, where is their dignity?

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> Australia
Memoir of a Beauty Queen

A story by Jemina Shrestha

Was I really going to fight to get validated for being the most worthy? The answer came in a big "NO."

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> India
My Life as a Woman in India: Goddess of Many Virtues, Except Wealth

A story by Charu Thukral

Despite strongly standing to society’s demand of being a ‘superwoman’, my mom has hardly received appreciation for her efforts.

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> Spain
Social and Interiorized Lesbophobia in Spain

A story by Laura Fernández Aguilera

It was interiorized lesbophobia, or having negative feelings about lesbianism while being a lesbian. As if the mainstream gaze was inserted as a judgment inside me.

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> Mexico
Being a Woman in South Korea and Mexico

A story by Olga Mata

I was shocked as I realized that authorities in Mexico would have never worried about my friends the way the Korean government now did.

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> Brazil
Challenging "Reality" Through the Means of Art

A story by Milton Camilo

In my art, I expose the underlying tensions between concepts, identity and experiences. I want to challenge the audience and confront them with their taught beliefs, which they themselves have not even reflected on yet. Just as my reality and image of women is a rather powerful strong one (empoderamente), rather than the helpless, “petite” images we are trained to perceive as feminine.

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> Germany
Growing up in a Straight World

A story by Luca Kraus

Retrospectively, it comes as no surprise. Everything around me gave me the impression that there was only one sexuality within society. From tv shows I watched to books I read, couples and families I knew, conversations with my friends, and things that we were taught in school.

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> Morocco
The Girl in the Skirt

A story by Hajar Lassiliya

You may wonder what is it like to be a woman who lives in a country that lacks security?

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> Netherlands
Does Dutch Tolerance Form a Barrier to the True Acceptance of Minorities?

A story by Hugo Oms

Gay men almost enjoy the same legal rights as heterosexuals and therefore are formally accepted. However, my personal experience has taught me that social acceptance of homosexuality is often dependent on numerous conditions.

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> Australia
Bisexual Men: Do We Even Exist?

A story by Hal Fulcher

With so much recent acceptance of the idea of sexuality being a spectrum, the fact bisexual men even feel the need to defend our very existence seems very quaint in 2020.

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> Nepal
Gender-Based Untouchability

A story by Pabita Timilshina

If I had one wish, it would be for girls to be free, free to choose what they want to become, not to be dominated by men. Women to have their own voice without being ashamed of what society might think. Our place is not just in the kitchen or to have babies, we have our own lives. I wished for everyone to have the same rights.

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> Belize
Gender-neutral Toilets – A Safe Space Taken Away?

A story by Robin Schaffer

In the moment you face discrimination, harassment, and assault based on your breasts and the vulnerability of your vagina, it's your body they are after.

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Gender is the assumption of a "normal". Unmet expectations of what is normal are a world-wide cause for violence. We hope that the stories of our correspondents will help us to better understand the effects of global developments related to gender and sexuality, and to reveal outdated concepts that have been reinforced for centuries.

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2020 is a year different from others before - not least because of the Corona pandemic. The worldwide spread of a highly contagious virus is something that affects all of us in very different ways. To get a better picture of how the pandemic's plethora of explicit and implicit consequences influences our everyday life, we share lockdown stories from correspondents all over the world.

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