The internet and social media are part of our life. They shape our perception of the world. They also influence how we think and feel about pregnancy and birth. In movies, for example, birth scenes are often fragmented and portrayed as dramatic and hectic. Tonight, the communication scientist and midwife Daniela Rüb will talk about these representations and analyze stereotypes.
It feels like yesterday that we had opened the exhibition Technology#Female #Logical– in May, postponed by two weeks this year. Now we are in the last weeks of this years’ museums season. On October 31 we will close the gates for this year and prepare during winter the second exhibition-period of Technology#Female#Logical from May to October 2021 with catalogue and International Dialogues in the museum on May 28 to 30. Continue reading
Known to everybody, even to those who have not yet strolled through it – that’s the no. 1 of China’s streets, Nanjing-Street, situated in the heart of Shanghai. It is Sunday, that means, thousands of people come along with me, go for a stroll through this well-known ‘hypermarket’, which ends up at the promenade “The Bund” at the banks of the river Huangpu. From here I enjoy a fantastic view on “Shanghais Manhattan” that stretches on the other side of the river. Afterwards I squeeze my way through the crowds of the old town of the metropolis. After these dense experiences I’m longing for a bit of more space around me, and above all, quietness. Contrary to my expectations both of it is offered to me in the “People`s Park”. Although well attended as well it feels like delving into a small oasis with a relaxing atmosphere. And – unexpectedly, I run into the Chinese marriage market. At first sight I am wondering about the scenery: a lot of opened umbrellas with texts glued to them, women and men sitting in between. Are they demonstrating for some reason? But everything looks very calm and relaxed. Later on I come to know that these people advertise their daughters and sons, they try to match them for marriage. With or without their children’s consent – that varies. Not all of them want to marry, despite the wish of their parents. Especially highly educated women with well-paid jobs nowadays prefer to live independently. And the ones who would like to wed often fail because young men still prefer to marry a woman with less education. Some agree with their parents in arranging a match because they themselves do not have time searching for a partner. It goes without saying that the young ones in China use speed dating and dating platforms as well. With their activities as matchmakers the parents follow a long tradition in China. Some days later I meet with this old practice and its ideas about beauty – in the women’s museum in X’ian:
The highlight event of the last month at the Women’s Museum Mexico City was the virtual conference “Hermila Galindo: from historical oblivion to the thousand-peso bill”. A very interesting talk by Dr. Rosa María Valles Ruiz on Galindo’s life and work. You can watch these activities at: https://www.facebook.com/MuseodelaMujerMexico/
Recently the International Council of Museums (ICOM) published the latest edition of the academic journal Museum International, on the theme, Museums and Gender.
Several IAWM members have contributed with articles to this edition and Ashley E. Remer, head of Girl Museum, has been appointed as guest editor:
It was an incredible opportunity that was tinged with sadness as we were trying to make things happen while people’s reality was forever changing. The museums, projects and initiatives showcased tell the story that gender issues are actually a huge concern for museums worldwide, with many different approaches and levels of urgency. I hope we have contributed to the overall discourse and can keep the conversation going towards gender equity and equality.
The History of Vorarlberg’s First and Last Maternity Home
The maternity home of Lustenau was the first one to be opened in Vorarlberg (Austria). It was also the last one which was closed. Tonight, the cultural historian Nikola Langreiter will talk about the history of the maternity home in Frauenmuseum Hittisau.