Domestic labor and caretaking becomes a primary concern in countries where the welfare state is being dismantled, while women’s participation in the workforce remains crucial. Written and directed by Chantal Akerman, Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles follows the life of a middle class “housewife” in Belgium during 1970s...
Even though she kept saying that she is a “shy feminist”, she was “the real deal” who was a trailblazer for many women across Turkey and even beyond. My dear Şirin please! I’ll take all your cases, get all your business done, but please, let’s not talk about that will...
Aside from the “amateur philosopher” –as he calls himself– Homer’s “orientalist” dreams about Greece and director’s (Jules Dassin) caricatured representation of this American character played by himself, the movie offers a different reading on Medea. Illia, played by Melina Mercouri reinterprets Medea and introduces a happy ending to her...
We need to remind everyone that a society where LGBTI+ people are not safe cannot be safe enough for anyone. The decision to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention, although a snap decision, was not unexpected. After the decision to withdraw from the convention, we have seen and continue to...
We cannot easily write off the politics of rights—both in the sense of concrete entitlements that the state extends to us, and in the sense of a tool that provides us with a common ground to stand upon, with a language to talk to the state as well as...
The fascinating life of Annemarie Schwarzenbach is steeped in mysteries, but in this strangeness, each of us can paradoxically find each other. Passionate about speed, elsewhere, and great outdoors, she was an insatiable traveller who was also homesick from time to time. Queer icon and lesbian, she knew how...
I started this research to create a space for women to share their divorce experiences, and how they reflect on these processes. During the interviews I conducted between 2014 - 2015 with twenty-seven participants across four different regions of Turkey in six provinces; Black Sea, Aegean, Marmara, and Central...
From where I stand, self-care is not limited to getting a manicure, taking a bath; it is more about learning and practicing life skills such as saying no to things that make us feel bad, drawing healthy boundaries, asking for help when necessary, and clearly expressing our needs.  One...
I had my doubts about writing on a book which has not been translated into Turkish; nonetheless, hoping that it would lead to the translation of this book, with a sense of public service, I wrote this short piece on The Doll’s Alphabet. Indeed, this book has been genealogically...
Hello, Femihat. My question for you constitutes an ongoing dilemma for me. I’m aware of the importance of language and I pay attention to certain words to refrain from making sexist comments. However, I don’t take issue with the swear words I use in daily life on a regular...