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EXBERLINER Issue 149, May 2016

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All is not well in the land of Merkel. Despite Germany's progressive reputation, sexism is still alive and kicking. Meanwhile, Berlin's new wave of queer, intersectional feminists are fighting their own battles... Read all about it in our May issue, on stands now!

HENGAMEH YAGHOOBIFARAH
The blogger, journalist, activist and Missy editor on Berlin's new brand of queer, post-colonial feminism.

WHEN A WOMAN WAS MAYOR
Why has Berlin only had one Bürgermeisterin?

GERMANY'S RAPE PROBLEM
In the wake of Cologne, a re-appraisal of the country's backwards law on sexual assault.

THE ART(S) OF PATRIARCHY
From galleries and stages to clubs and start-ups, what's keeping women from the top? An overview of sexism in music, theatre, visual art and tech.

UNLIKELY FEMINISTS
The housewife, the hooker and the hijab seller: meet the new faces of female empowerment.

FEMINISM, SYRIAN STYLE
A refugee mother and daughter reflect on women's rights, both in Syria and in their new Berlin home.

THE COST OF SEX
Why isn't birth control covered by German insurance?

WHERE ARE THE HOUSEHUSBANDS?
Do Berlin's stay-at-home dads really reverse the old gender paradigms? Maybe not.

THE BALL-CRUSHING ANTI-FEMINIST
Proud maneater Anna Konda on her own peculiar brand of non-feminism.

HOW TO BE A MALE FEMINIST
John Riceburg tells men's rights activists and leftist mansplainers to try shutting up for a while.

Also in this issue:

RAVEN
The queer "boylesque" Berlin Burlesque Week performer on his boundary-pushing acts and sexism in the burlesque world.

ROBERT EGGERS
The American writer/director's Puritanical nightmare of a debut feature, The Witch, comes to theatres May 16.

GEBRÜDER TEICHMANN
The brother act teamed up with Pakistani and Maldivean musicians for Karachi Files, launching at HAU's From Inside To Way Out festival on May 14.

THEATERTREFFEN
The venerable festival of German theatre (May 6-22) is not only showing all 10 of its plays with English surtitles this year, but half its invited directors are women! We tell you what and whom to watch out for.

START-UPS
Virtual reality and paid dating!

BEST OF BERLIN
A bed tour, a cure for housing hopelessness, a new Wall museum and some mindful gruel.

BERLIN BITES
Syrian-Brandenburg fusion and four new Prenzlauer Berg restaurants (in Neukölln).