Rage against the most persistent of pandemics

Just when the corona crisis slowed down, we were brutally reminded of the other ‘pandemic’ that has raged across the world for over 400 years. Indeed COVID-19 does not see race, status or sexual orientation. However, the pandemic has demonstrated the fatality of inequality. The overwhelmingly black deaths of New York serve as irrefutable evidence that systematic racism is so deeply embedded in our societies, that it didn’t even slip from a colourblind virus.  Continue reading Rage against the most persistent of pandemics

“I want to do something useful with my time”

By Maartje Veneman Even though the quarantine has forced many of us to slow down, others try to use this free time as efficiently as possible. That’s why a lot of people are using their extra time in quarantine to work in their backyard. They roll up their sleeves, pick up their shovel and gloves, and get to work.  Karina Van der Weide (51) and … Continue reading “I want to do something useful with my time”

Sex is our right

Sex and sexuality are a part of life because it can offer many benefits to all facets. Singles are now -metaphorically – fucked. Keeping 1,5-meter distance and not meeting people is the new ‘normal’, which means singles can’t have sex. What are the consequences of this?  By Laszlo Lieffering Since March 13, 2020, the Netherlands has been in an intelligent lockdown, which means everyone has … Continue reading Sex is our right

Crystal clear canals

By Jelle Voort How the slowing down of the tourism industry has affected the water quality in Amsterdam’s oldest waterways “When I read about the water of canals in Venice clarifying on Twitter, I wondered what the quality in Amsterdam would be like,” says Maarten Ouboter, a hydrologist at Waternet in Amsterdam. “So, we started doing some transparency measurements. In some extreme cases the water … Continue reading Crystal clear canals

Live-streamed services and lonely Iftars

by Fleur Stigters  Coming together is an essential element in every religion. Christians gather during Sunday service, while Muslims pray Jumah together on Fridays. With stay-at-home orders and social distancing in the age of the Coronavirus, coming together is out of the question. How are religions being practised during these uncertain times?    Instead of going into “hibernation”, many religious communities have expanded their role … Continue reading Live-streamed services and lonely Iftars

“My sugar daddy would rather not take the risk”

Imagine your job is to date older men for money and then a disease breaks out that hurts especially older men. This happened to Mylene (23), a student in Amsterdam. By being a “sugar baby” she had secured herself a safe and adventurous life. How did Corona change her life? Full-quote interview by Dauphine Vernimmen Illustration by Maartje Veneman “Right now, I’m not able to … Continue reading “My sugar daddy would rather not take the risk”

Activism from the couch

Activists have a reputation for taking over streets across the world to fight for what they believe in, but corona has made it impossible to do mass demonstrations. Robin Habbé (25), has continued the fight against climate change online: “I understand if it is difficult for some people to join.” A photo-reportage by Iben Schmidt Amsterdam: Though 2019 became “the year of street protest”, coronavirus quiets … Continue reading Activism from the couch

The people who welcome the slowed-down society

Text by Lena Knaus Illustration by Maartje Veneman Minimalists and the consuming society have different lifestyles and priorities. When life and society slow down due to a global pandemic, it’s the minimalist who welcome this as a break for the busy world around them. Gero Gröschel, a minimalist from Stuttgart in Germany, noticed a change in his work as a photographer since the corona pandemic … Continue reading The people who welcome the slowed-down society