So how does it feel to write a second book?

Earlier I wrote that my first book was quite a struggle, during the middle of the writing and especially near the end. The circumstances were difficult, but something else that I'm sure mattered is that the book was so eclectic. I wanted to…

How does it feel to write a book?

Last year I finished my first book, called Feminisme - een nieuw begin (Feminism - a new beginning). Since then people have asked questions about the writing. How did it feel to write it? How does it feel to have finished? My writer friend,…
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Other Voices: The Future of Feminism

"Other Voices makes space for interesting and inspiring speakers to talk on various topics. In the media or other debates we notice the same people again and again. It is no surprise that this little elite consists mostly of white higher middle…
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Decriminalisation of prostitution - what's going on? What can be done in Belgium?

© Evie Embrechts Amnesty International recently voted for promoting a policy of decriminalisation of prostitution. Some are in favour, others vehemently disagree. What's going on? I'm writing this from my perspective as a feminist in Belgium. …
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What does it mean to be a feminist and a socialist? Part 1 - my personal story

This is the first part of - hopefully - a long series of articles on feminism and socialism. This post tells a part of my story: how did I end up as a socialist and a feminist. When I grew up, I wasn't really interested in politics. My parents…
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Socialist feminism and the free choice debate

© Evie Embrechts & Ida Dequeecker Underneath many of the debates in the contemporary feminist movement is a hidden discussion about free choice versus structural impact. To put it simplistically, there's two sides: those who defend women's…

Building Bridges - Radical Feminism and Transgender persons

© Evie Embrechts. This article was first published in the trilingual Belgian magazine Scumgrrrls, #19, Summer 2012. If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive. —Audre…
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Prostitution: The Swedish or the Dutch model?

Evie Embrechts This article was first published in 2014 in International Viewpoint and LinksFeminisme. It was based on an earlier article in Dutch and then expanded and translated. Recent years have seen renewed debate about prostitution in…

Femen et la culture porno paternaliste

This article was first published in 2013 in Dutch on DeWereldMorgen - a progressive Belgian news site. It was then translated to French and published by LCR, a socialist/ecologist/feminist organisation. A première vue, cela ressemble à du…

Crisis in feminism - time to refocus

© Evie Embrechts. This article was written in 2010 and published in Scumgrrrls, a trilingual Belgian feminist magazine that no longer appears in print. Since it is still relevant, I'm republishing it here. It was the first article I ever wrote…