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ALBANIAN SWORN VIRGINS: THE WOMEN WHO BECAME MEN

Embed from Getty Images How far would you go to have the right to drive, smoke or earn money? To wear trousers or own a property, in a society that doesn’t allow you to? In the fiercely patriarchal Northern Albania, where women had no standing for centuries, some have made an irrevocable vow: to remain chaste for life. By ignoring their female identity the “sworn virgins” have also renounced married life and parenthood. For their sacrifice they get the right

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CHALLENGING GENDER STEREOTYPES IN DESIGN

Design, much like the film and technology industries, has widespread problems with gender discrimination. Designer Gabriel Ann Maher talks to NADJA about challenging the stereotypes and the impact of the #metoo campaign. In 2013 Gabriel undertook an analysis of Framed, a leading interior design magazine published in the Netherlands. Gabriel, (who uses the non-binary pronouns they/them/theirs) found that over the course of the year the representation of men to women was tremendously disproportionate, with a ratio of 80 to 20%.

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VOLT’S EUROPEAN DREAM

Brussels beware — there’s a new kid on the block. Volt Europa, a new pan-European progressive movement that aims to radically reform Europe, is running for office. Its short-term goal is to obtain 25 seats in the upcoming European elections — the threshold figure that would enable it to create the first transnational party in the European Parliament, rather than join an existing coalition. But its founder, 27-year-old Andrea Venzon, says it’s about more than just politics: “We are trying

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LGBTQ IN CROATIA: NIGHT TURNED TO DAWN, BUT IS IT GETTING BRIGHTER?

If you wanted to go on the first LGBTQ pride parade in Croatia that occurred in Zagreb in 2002, you had to be very brave to say the least. If you look at the video of that event on YouTube, you will notice bunch of skinheads and other pissed-off citizens trying to grab at the 300 participants. There were several clashes with police that resulted in 27 arrests, and someone even managed to throw tear gas on the parade. In

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A STEADY CRESCENDO: THE RISE OF THE YOUNG PARISIAN OPERAPHILE

Standing ovation. After three hours of soaring sopranos, resonant baritones and everything in between, Paris's Bastille Opera house comes alive. On this warm evening in the twilight of spring, the audience is enthralled by a performance of Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini - a saucy tale inspired by the romantic memoirs of a Florentine sculptor. The whole spectacle was set against an ornate mise-en-scène featuring a giant golden head and penis. There are a surprising number of young faces, nestled among the

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CAN BOOKS BY PEOPLE OF COLOUR CHANGE THE WORLD?

Back in November 2016, I visited my good friend M at the University of Cambridge. It was two days after the American election and we were venting over chocolate crepes in a cozy cafe. Venomous words against US government teachers with a Republican agenda and voters blinded by religious intolerance spewed out as we sought therapeutic release along with our sugar high. Halfway through a rant on the moral depravity of certain politicians, we were interrupted by the man who

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SCYLLA AND GLAUCUS

The love story of Glaucus and Scylla is a twisted one. It all began on a day that seemed like any other. Glaucus, a young dapper fisherman, had just made his way back to shore after hours of heavy fishing. He was in the process of emptying his catch onto the ground, when suddenly and much to his astonishment, the fish -- some caught hours ago -- came back to life and proceeded to wiggle their way back into the

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WHY WE CARE ABOUT THE HOMELESS

It’s just kind of a thing that happened when we weren’t looking – whether it was the economic crisis, austerity or even the refugee crisis, I couldn’t say. There’s a man at the station whom I see every now and then, always around midnight when I’m on my way home from an evening out. This man is not the loveable type. This has less to do with his lack of a home address, and more with his following me out of

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GIRL ON A PLANE, GIRL ON A TRAIN: ON BEING IN LOVE AND BETWEEN CITIES

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="345"] Photo by @macenzo[/caption] Being in a long-distance relationship is to be in a relationship with your suitcase. Over the years you get to really know your baggage intimately: the corners where the lining is wearing thin, the way the wheels rattle on cobblestones, when to tug hard on the zipper so it doesn’t catch. My suitcase is the only thing I ever won in a lottery. Styled in the white-and-orange of the Dutch Olympic team, it’s

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FOOD IN THE HOOD

In recent years there has been a renaissance of food sharing and the art of homemaking. In big cities, preparing homemade food every day is more challenging. Thus, many places provide and try to fake the atmosphere of a cosy simplicity, normally associated with the home. The connection between food and home can easily be explained: Dr. Eva Neely, a lecturer at Massey University, says food can give people something to hold on to, something to talk about. It can reveal

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