Homonationalism against Muslims and Migrants in Europe

Early 2000 I first meet Anna-Maria Sörberg in Stockholm, she was the founder and editor of a new progressive Swedish queer magazine. Anna-Maria is one of several women that inspired me throughout the years, she was making foot-prints paving the way for young LGBT-activist as myself. This summer I read Sörberg’s recent book ‘Homonationalism’ – about a complex and eye-opening topic. As a way to reinforce Anti-muslim sentiments, LGBT-people and women in general are being used as part of neoliberal rhetoric to argue that these groups have to be defended by modern nationalism against Muslims and migrants.

8 Ways to Design Better Privacy

A while ago I found a very small book tucked in among others about design in the Museum Shop at an art gallery in Brussels, it was called “Design my Privacy” by Tijmen Schep. It turned out to be a fascinating reading about how to design services and products to make sure that they strive to make our environment both smart and privacy friendly.

Why you should care about the Muslim headscarf ban

Normally I do not like to put labels on myself, but for this post I make an exception. I am Jewish, atheist, lesbian and a feminist, and I stand with Muslim women’s right to wear a headscarf.

In March 2017 the European Court of Justice judged in favour of employers right to deny employees to wear visible religious clothing, the case was brought forward by two Muslim women in France that were dismissed because of their headscarf…

Why should you care? One could argue that I shouldn’t bother as at it does not concern me.

How being online makes my offline world richer

Did you know that one of 60 million Europeans have never used the internet, and 45% of Europeans don’t have enough digital skills (Digital Scoreboard 2016)? This made me think about the fact that I take internet connection and my digital literacy for granted. It also made me reflect on how much my offline life is a result of my online communication and activities. Often we hear about the many ways internet steal our quality time offline, and don’t get me wrong, I too agree that we sometimes can end up wasting rather meaningless time online…

Toronto taught me about belonging

A month ago I reluctantly boarded my flight from Toronto back to Brussels. I had spent the winter holidays visiting friends in the city I once was a student. Going back, more than a decade later, gave me the same feeling I had then as now. A sense of belonging to the city, regardless if I was visiting for a week, a year, or whether I happened to be born there.