#FeministCorner – Red lipstick as a symbol of freedom and empowerment throughout History, from the American suffragettes to a Portuguese presidential candidate

With Laura Figueiredo Marques “Cae, please tell me you are writing about the red lipstick movement in Portugal right now! I was doing a bit of research, and it was used by the first suffragettes! What an incredible parallelism!!! First, it became a hallmark of the feminine vote, and now it is the badge of … Continue reading #FeministCorner – Red lipstick as a symbol of freedom and empowerment throughout History, from the American suffragettes to a Portuguese presidential candidate

What is your opinion on heterosexual marriage?

“I am against it.” “I don’t mind much, as long as they don’t bother me.” “It is disgusting!” “Think of the children they might have... how traumatising it will be when they find out that their father keeps a not-so-secret affair with his secretary...” “70% will end up in divorce.” “It is probably just a … Continue reading What is your opinion on heterosexual marriage?

The right to have the right rights

According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), every human being, regardless of their age, gender, race, nationality, ethnicity, language, sexual orientation, religion or any other status, is born with inalienable fundamental rights. Among these fundamental rights, are the right to life, liberty and personal security; to education; to equality and freedom from discrimination; … Continue reading The right to have the right rights

I don’t wanna talk numbers – International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

I don’t wanna talk about numbers. I don’t wanna mention the unlucky woman among every 3 that will experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, most frequently by an intimate partner. Nor the 137 women that are killed every day by a member of their family. I rather ignore that only 52% of women … Continue reading I don’t wanna talk numbers – International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

#FeministCorner – The ABC of the female body criticism

There is something misty about it. No one can really tell what it is. How is it so powerful? The ones who wear it and dare to show its best curves under tiny shorts, are called slut. The ones who wear it covered under warm turtleneck jerseys, are called prude. The ones who wear it … Continue reading #FeministCorner – The ABC of the female body criticism

In memory of Quino (1932-2020) – a letter to Mafalda

My dear Mafalda, I was so sorry to hear about your father’s passing. I want you to know that I’m thinking of you during this awful time. Although you have always carried the world over your shoulders, I believe this is the toughest probation you have been put through in your entire endless-childhood. I recall … Continue reading In memory of Quino (1932-2020) – a letter to Mafalda

Enough is enough, but portuguese ENOUGH (“CHEGA”) is too much!

My ovaries shook in place. My eyes had troubles focusing the words of that piece of sh...text. My brain refused to process the information. My heart kept beating in naive disbelief. Of course there weren’t people like that in 2020. Coronavirus was bad enough already. Guess what, 2020 is exactly the year when everything is … Continue reading Enough is enough, but portuguese ENOUGH (“CHEGA”) is too much!

It has been a lifetime

(To my father) It has been a lifetime of Toni Braxton echoing her spanish guitar, George Michael carelessly whispering throughout the night, Gloria Gaynor fiercely stating she would survive, Amy Winehouse losing the love game and Barry White cheering our family road trips. It has been a lifetime of afternoons by the river, contemplating sunset … Continue reading It has been a lifetime

“Disclosure” – Netflix breaking privilege bubbles and glueing the pieces of a shattered mirror

Imitation as an important learning process Learning is one of the most fascinating abilities of the human brain. Psychology brought to light some of the processes by which humans, as they grow up, acquire new knowledge, behaviours and values. Some learning is immediate, some takes time, some is forgotten fast, some is reinforced by some … Continue reading “Disclosure” – Netflix breaking privilege bubbles and glueing the pieces of a shattered mirror

Think twice (International Women’s Day)

Do you believe that cat calls and body compliments make my day? Think twice. You figure roses are what I like as a gift? Think twice. You reckon I feel great if you say I am better than your “crazy” ex girlfriends? Think twice. Do you expect me to want you to buy me dinner? … Continue reading Think twice (International Women’s Day)