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Feminism

Nüshu, women’s secret language

Until 2004, in the Chinese district of Jiangyong, a rather peculiar writing system existed. The nüshu – that is its name – had indeed a particularity: it was learned and used only by women in this area of the north-west of Hong Kong. Letters of friendship, at the time of the marriage… the multiple uses […]

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Biodiversity

Catfish non grata

It is huge, a little scary and more and more present in French rivers. Catfish, a freshwater fish native to Asia that can reach 2.5 meters in length, was introduced to France in the 1960s. Since then, researchers and fishermen/fisherwomen have been questioning its integration.An opportunistic species, capable of eating salmon like pigeons, the catfish […]

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Abus sexuels Feminism

The forum l’Originale faces its old demons

It is a forum intimately linked with the universe of YouTube and disappeared in 2018. L’Originale was founded by Thomas Hercouët, creator of the pop culture show Les Nuits originales, in 2014. He brought together hundreds of fans of the show, who discussed social issues ranging from anti-racism to feminism and depression.As links were forged, […]

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Agriculture Mobilities Rurality

At Paul’s farm, no more every one for himself

They had to remain active during containment, but the mission was no small task. Farmers continued to work under difficult conditions. Paul Thébault, an organic milk producer near Rennes, has for several years now found the answer: he relies on the mutual help of his relatives and neighbours to keep the farm running. A very […]

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Cinema Mobilities

The cinema comes to the village

A truck on the outside, a movie theater on the inside. For over thirty years, the Cinémobile has been criss-crossing the roads of the very rural Centre-Val-de-Loire region to set up in the village centres for a day. There, a cinema unfolds before the delighted eyes of the inhabitants who have little access to this […]

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Feminism

Maria Spiridonova and Juana Maria, two intrepid women

As part of a special issue of Causette on intrepid women, I wrote the portrait of two of them: Maria Spiridonova and Juana Maria. The first was a renowned Russian revolutionary at the beginning of the 20th century, the second was better known as “The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island” for being the last […]

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Sport

Refugies transform the trial

In Saint-Sébastien-sur-Loire, a new kind of rugby club was created in 2019. On the initiative of Benoît Lamigou, an oval ball enthusiast, the club is open to refugees from the Nantes region. Through the prism of this collective and friendly sport, newcomers to France find a way to integrate and forge valuable social ties. Cover […]

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Agriculture Biodiversity

In Brittany, the jackdaw attracts the wrath of farmers

Every year in western Brittany, there are more and more jackdaws. This small opportunistic corvid with a grey back takes advantage of the region’s abundant resources, particularly corn, to feast on. Its happiness does not match that of the farmers, who have designated it as an enemy to be killed. Its proliferation, however, is intimately […]

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Sexualité

A new quarantine sexual life

If, for some, the quarantine spent far from sexual partners initially created frustration, time has given way to discovery and a new form of eroticism. Let’s look back at these new experiences and what they can change at the time of the end of quarantine. Cover picture: Unsplash.

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Agriculture Biodiversity

It doesn’t make the birds laugh

This is the 2018 figure: 33% of birds would have disappeared from agricultural areas in France in fifteen years. This is an alarming observation that professional and amateur ornithologists like to explore in greater depth each year during the sessions of the Temporal Monitoring of Common Birds (STOC) programme. Cover picture: Vincent Leloup.