What viral videos teach us about street harassment

Women are acutely aware of how they are perceived in public spaces. The rates of street harassment vary, but it is present everywhere. Sometimes, it is so normalized women even struggle to refer to certain behaviors as harassment – they are just considered normal, if creepy.  Continue reading “What viral videos teach us about street harassment”

Spiked drinks and victim-blaming

In September 2018, Cara Tevens, a student from Glasgow University launched the campaign Girls Against Spiking. As it happens with so many other social issues, the trigger for the campaign was a viral post on social media sharing the story of Alix Taylor, a young student who jumped out of her window due to a spiked drink. Continue reading “Spiked drinks and victim-blaming”

“Sweat, feces and gasoline” – What smells tells us about life in Moria

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Smell is probably our most irrational sense, triggering an immediate reaction without any need for explanation or processing. To explain what goes on in Moria, Europe’s most infamous refugee camp and a testament to the failure of human rights and humanitarianism in the European Union, we could provide you with thousands of testimonies, videos, reports and studies. But all these resources are still unable to transmit the heinous feeling of being in Moria, knowing it exists despite all the rhetoric about protecting refugees. Smell, on the other hand, can be quite effective at describing the real hopelessness of a situation.  Continue reading ““Sweat, feces and gasoline” – What smells tells us about life in Moria”